Sophistication has a name, and it’s name is Charlie Mortdecai. Played by the very talented Johnny Depp, Mortdecai is one of Depp’s funniest roles to date. Joined by a fantastic cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and the “man servant” Paul Bettany, the film will keep you laughing throughout the entire sitting. Here’s the synopsis of the film from google:

“Charismatic British aristocrat and part-time shady art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) suffers from a constant lack of funds to support his lush lifestyle, so when Alistair Maitland (Ewan McGregor), a college friend and officer in MI5, asks him to find a stolen Goya painting, he accepts. But Charlie’s not the only one with designs on the painting; an American heiress and a revolutionary want it too, for the artwork is rumored to contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold.”

The film starts off with Mortdecai explaining what he does exactly with a voiceover, as we see him making a deal in Hong Kong. When things start going wrong with the exchange, his man servant Jock is always close behind to protect his boss. While Jock is this bad ass “woman loving” guy, we see that Mortdecai is the exact opposite. He’s kind of a wimp, that loves art and his new mustache, but he’s the only one who seems to love his facial hair. His wife, Johanna (Paltrow), absolutely despises it and her goal through the film is to get her husband to shave it off. Their relationship throughout the film is great and hilarious, with her being the one who wears the pants between the two. The same bond goes for Charlie and his man servant,  which is another funny bond between the two.

Jock (Paul Bettany) & Charlie (Johnny Depp)'s relationship in a screenshot.

Jock (Paul Bettany) & Charlie (Johnny Depp)’s relationship in a screenshot.

More humor comes from the rivalry between McGregor’s character, Alistair, and Mortdecai, with the two of them fighting over Johanna. The backstory behind that is Alistair has been in love with Johanna since they were all in college together, but Mortdecai got to her first. Yet, the two are still friends in some ways.

Directed by David Koepp, known for his films such as Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, and his last project with Johnny Depp, Secret Window, it shows that he works well with the actors and really had them bring these characters to life. The film is based on The Mortdecai Trilogy, a book series by Kyril Bonfiglioli. The cinematography was well done as well, with great motion graphics throughout the film for all the destinations the characters traveled to.

Filled with a lot of laughs, to “gag reflexes” from Charlie’s mustache, with some action thrown in there, Mortdecai is one you will want to go see. In theatres now. You can view the trailer here:



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