The Rum Diary (2011) English- Dark Dramedy Rated- “R” Runtime- 119 min. dir. Bruce Robinson
So of course, including myself, expected this to be a modern follow-up in the vein of the recent classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The two films are actually fairly different in many ways, making them difficult to consider together. The Rum Diary focuses mostly on the real and deep ironies present in post-modern capitalistic imperialism. It’s also pretty funny and has a great cast.
Really strong writing with an interesting story arc. I could understand, however, that it may become difficult to follow at some points, as it doesn’t ever find the time to completely focus the narrative.
Johnny Depp leads a surprisingly talented cast in expressing some very colorful characters, despite how tangential their actions are to the plot. I still think that Aaron Eckhart is way better as a smarmy villain than he ever was as a D.A.
Good sets, but the photographic style is a little stale for the genre of movie that is filmed.
Great music that fits the setting perfectly, but I had kind of been hoping for something a little bit more visually striking that what I got.
If you’re still wondering, the main difference in the two is the writing and directing. Terry Gilliam ended up directed Fear and Loathing, but Bruce Robinson was an original candidate for the job. And now he directed this one, so there are visible style difference between the two.
It’s good. If you’re a fan or curious, see it. Just don’t have sky-high expectations.