The Rum Diary- June 7th

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.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

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.

Acting: 2/2

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.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Good sets, but the photographic style is a little stale for the genre of movie that is filmed.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

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.

Misc: 1/2

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.

VERDICT: 7.5/10

It’s good.  If you’re a fan or curious, see it.  Just don’t have sky-high expectations.

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1 Response to The Rum Diary- June 7th

  1. Joseph Jones says:

    the big difference between “The Rum Diary” and “fear and loathing” is simply the fact that one is a novel and the other is a drug fueled essay on the death of the American Dream. that being said I wish Johnny Depp would go a head and divorce Tim Burton and start doing more stuff like this.

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