Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Comprehension is optional, laughs - mandatory - The Rum Diary

Acting: 4.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Perception: 3/5
Rating: 4.5/5

A washed-out novelist ends up a journalist in a 1960s Puerto Rico, where he tries to keep is slightly strait between hangovers, fishy business and feelings.

The entire package has a absurd touch added to it which is mainly the humor source. The story in it self is catchy but there is the casual unsurprising nonsense coming to the surface from time to time. The problems appear when the editing or the imaging in themselves twist even more the already existing absurd. And these will make you switch from laughter to frown in a blink of an eye.

One thing still remains certain, the actors were up to the task, rendering the said absurd 'more real'. Their play is pretty natural given the conditions which makes the scenes look more plausible. Aside Depp, one of the masters of this 'entangled genre', his fellow 'dizzy' journalist-reporters (Rispoli and Ribisi, which sound like a circus duo) deliver an amusing show. The rest of the crew have a descent performance as common representatives of their character types.

I believe that not all of the twists are supposed to be understood, but the film could be a good entertainment for some time spent between buddies.

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