The Tourist (2010)

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Written by von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie & Julian Fellowes

The Tourist kind of popped up out of nowhere for me. It stars big time stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and is directed by von Donnersmarck, who is famous for his 2006 film, The Lives of Others. I wonder why it took so long for me to know that this was coming, but it came, and it very well may go as quietly as it came. It attempts to be a throwback to the classic romance thrillers of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepbrun, and no, I’m not the first to draw that comparison, but it is evident when you watch the film. It takes place in an exotic location (mostly in Venice), and stars two beautiful A Listers.

Depp plays a Wisconsin teacher on vacation, trying to recover from the death of his wife. Jolie plays the sexy British woman who just might be a spy. As Jolie gets Depp caught up in a Scotland Yard operation to take down her lover, a certain Alexander Pearce. What ensues is double crossing, boat chases and confusion. The film tries really hard to be a classic throwback, and it comes close, it really does, but it doesn’t quite make it. So it has the plot, the attempt at suspense, and even ventures into comedy, which is aided by the capable Depp. Depp here is the best thing about the film. Despite being the dashing leading man usually, he nails the helpless teacher caught up in the intensity of the situation, and the sexy web cast by Jolie. Jolie is solid as well, pulling off sexy and mysterious.

But at the end of the day it just doesn’t go far enough and ends up being only a good, but ultimately forgettable entry into the filmography of these stars. I wish they all would have pushed the boundry of believeable and made it more fun that it was serious, and less likely than it was real. They tried, but many other have done as much before them, making this stand out less than it could of. However, I certainly had a fun time with it and see it as harmless popcorn fun at the movies, which is not the worst thing possible when venturing, in the dead of winter, out to the local theatre.

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