4.5 Don't be fooled by the trailer. benno14 | 21/06/2012 | See all benno14's reviews (77) 2 stars as the earlier reviewer gave it sums this up really well. The trailer had looked good. Johnny Depp does chose some nothing roles. I haven't seen him in much better than Donny Brasco. This Rum Diary is an interesting period. Early 60's. Aaron Ekhart is wasted in his role. Amber Heard is stunning and has a good chemistry with Depp, even though she is much younger. The newspaper editor is good fun. Sadly the story goes nowhere and our cast who are drunk through most of the movie just go from one disaster to another. With a bit more substance to the story, this could have been great. So many of Depp's movies seem odd choices and while he is a very good actor you just wish someone could chose his roles for him. He just seems to avoid mainstream, historic or popular roles, instead going for quirky, odd and whimsical characters easily forgotten when the 2 hours are up.