This movie shows what happens when diplomacy fails. Two couples get together to discuss a fight
that their children had but along the way their true self's emerge and things turn ugly. Jody Foster and John C. Reily play the couple of the child that was hit and Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet play the couple of the child that was the attacker. What starts off as a calm discussion devolves into yelling and fighting between people who are up right citizens but have a lot of personal issues. Everyone in the movie played their roles well so well that you kind of dislike their character. Jody Foster is the over liberal person who feels that she is right about everything. Christoph Waltz is the business man who lives on his phone. Kate Winslet is the business woman who is mostly concerned with outer appearances and John C Reily is the everyday man trying to keep things in order. The whole movie takes place in an apartment which adds to the tight feeling when the characters argue.
One thing that I loved the most about The Rum Diary is that I think it had very witty dialoge and
the scenes of Puerto Rico were beautiful. The characters were also colorful and dynamic. From Kemp to his rag tag friends. Of course Aaron Eackhart is also wonderful as the shady business man who wanted to use the power of the paper to try and make is scheme come to fruition. The only real complaint that I have is that i feel the romance between Johnny Depps character and Amber Heard was unneeded. Even though Amber is very beautiful in the movie and plays her part well I just think that for how things were progressing in the story that the chemistry between them didnt work. One thing that intrigued me about The Rum Diary was the moral question it posed. Kemp wants to bring all of the corruption in Puetro Rico to light while his boss tells him that the people dont care about such news. I think the movie did a well enough job with trying to fit that topic in but jumped around to much.
First off I will say that this movie is not for everyone. The humor in this movie is very dark and
disturbing with laughs that are produced as a defense to the twisted jokes the movie throws at you. A twisted love story between a sad clown and an acrobat performer that takes you in and doesn't let go until the conclusion that may leave some people cold. Some of the cinematography of the film is beautiful it is just a shame that there were not more scenes of the actual circus that could have really shown it off more. Never the less with the performances from capable actors who are over the top at times but that works to the movies advantage that you want to see how much crazier these characters and these situations can get and the movie does not disappoint. Everything that happens builds to the final showdown that ranges from intense drama to down right funny. Alex de la Iglesia is a great director that is not known by many but has a following and this movie is one of his best.
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