Movie Review: The Tourist (2010)

In Movie Reviews on January 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

With a high profile cast, beautiful location pieces, a strong storyline and potentially incredible twist ending, The Tourist should be a highly likable action thriller. Unfortunately, one minor problem brings this film down to a slightly above average also ran. The problem: Angelina Jolie.

This new bohemian chic look she has had going for a couple years now (she appears to be about 15-20 pounds lighter than her Laura Croft days) makes her more suited to play Skelator in the upcoming HeMan movie that a fem fatale here. No one can pull of sexy with a sunken in face. Her entire look completely distracts from her character. It also gives her performance a stiff, wooden like quality which creates an odd sense of chemistry with Depp on screen.

This is a shame, because Depp (as always) is entertainingly watchable in his role. Charmingly funny with a sense of whimsy, Depp’s Frank is the type of character you want to cheer for as he is thrown into a situation he can’t control. The problem is he is onscreen so much with Jolie, his performance seems somewhat watered down. If you think back at how great Jolie and Pitt were onscreen in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jolie and Depp are that bland together here.

This blandness causes the entire thriller aspect of the story to fall flat. There is no intrigue or suspenseful build up because you never really believe that either Jolie or Depp are in any real danger. Without this sense of danger, the last third of the movie rings hollow. All the elements for a great ending are there, but they never really gel together.

This is a film that has major league talent and ideas, but minor league execution.

3 out of 5 stars on the strength of Depp’s performance.


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