The Rum Diary is a comedy drama starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli and Giovanni Ribisi.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas has become a cult classic and many people were egerly anticipating Johnny Depp's return to Hunter S Thompson teritory. Sadly The Rum Diary fails to live up to those expectations.
Depp himself is the main problem with a bland and boring performance in the leading role. Eckhart has nothing to work with and Heard is clearly only there for her beauty. Rispoli is fun but you cannot help wish Benicio Del Toro had taken his role. Only Ribisi manages to produce an interesting character.
This is the first movie Bruce Robinson (Withnail And I) has directed in nearly 20 years and unfortunately it shows. The Rum Diary is a mess with comedy moments which fail to be funny and a plot which leaves the viewer confused.
The Rum Diary should have been a whole lot better but fails to be anything other than boring mainly due to Depp phoning in his performance and a director clearly suffering from being away too long.