‘Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie use their star power to help propel The Tourist to its ultimate, satisfying destination. It just takes a little while to get there. Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) sets a leisurely pace for The Tourist, which lets the film be equal parts mystery, romance, thriller, and comedy. But because of its lush cinematography and location-based shooting, The Tourist is perhaps first and foremost a valentine to the city of Venice. Jolie plays Elise, an international woman of mystery, somehow caught up with a glamorous thief who’s double-crossed a gangster, Shaw (Steven Berkoff, splendidly menacing). On a train from Paris to Venice, Elise meets Frank (Depp), a schlumpy math teacher from Wisconsin on holiday. Before the train hits Venice, poor Frank has become entangled in a dangerous web that he can’t begin to understand. As the plot unfolds, a group of stone-headed thugs dashes after Frank and Elise, darting through canals, across tile rooftops, and into some of the most beautiful hotel rooms in the world. The cinematography of John Seale and the score by James Newton Howard set an immersive tone. Depp and Jolie do a respectable job with their roles, though perhaps because of the mysteries in the plot, as a couple, Elise and Frank lack a certain oomph. But the supporting actors, including Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, and Rufus Sewell, are uniformly excellent, and the story (based on the French film Anthony Zimmer) wraps up nicely.’ – Amazon.co.uk
My thoughts: From the beginning of this film I was wondering how could someone get themselves involved in so much trouble just by mistake. At first rental was the option that I chose for this movie but the hubster wanted to buy another film in the store that was on a deal of two for £20 so I got mine and he got his.
Johnny Depp – what can I say that every other woman isn’t thinking. It is love because he is absolutely lush and always has been even since he starred as a ‘river rat’ in Chocolat (my fave Depp film alongside POTC so far!). Not only did he set you off the beaten track with this film he managed to continue to ooze sex appeal and mystery.
Angelina Jolie has never been a favourite of mine but she is gorgeous, talented and well her british accent is sexy (unlike my southern british twang!). She was great in this film and much like Depp I did not suspect a thing but her character evolves slowly but surely into a corker that is worth the wait.
Overall I am glad that we purchased the film rather than renting it as it will definitely grace our screen again!
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