I decided to watch this just to see how much of a disaster it really was.

On the whole it was quite terrible, mostly due to Johnny Depp trying too hard to be funny, and just not pulling it off, and the rest of the cast of the very decent cast just doing what they could with the terrible jokes they were given.

There were one or two scenes which raised a smile, and I have seen far worse comedies, but I was still wondering while watching this why it was made. Didn’t anyone who read the script before filming think it was going to be a bomb? Maybe they thought having Johnny Depp starring was money in the bank, but that did not work out as this made $47.3 million against a $60 million budget.

Next up we have Johnny in Pirates of the Caribbean 4, which I don’t have much hope for. Still, On Stranger Tides made over a billion bucks, more than the first two films, even though it was by far the weakest film in the series so far, so it probably will be a huge success.

Date watched: February 1st
Score: 3/10
Film count 2017: 24


The Ghost Writer

This is a thriller with Euan McGregor, Olivia Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), and a very old Eli Wallace. It was directed by Roman Polanski, and because this film was set in England and the U.S., it was filmed mostly in Germany so he did not get arrested.

Pretty good stuff with a good balance of suspense, sleuthing, and a little action. Euan was great, the Star Wars trilogy does not seem to have done any long-lasting damage on his acting abilities. His character did not have an actual name in this, he was just “the ghost”, or “man” as Pierce Brosnan’s character called him. Pierce is great, I like Pierce an awful lot now.

The whole cast was great actually, and it is good to see Kate Cattrall doing something outside of Sex and the City. She is a Brit, didn’t know that (actually British by birth, but she is also Canadian it seems).

Nicholas Cage and Swilda Tinton were originally going to star in it, but due to a postponement in production they scarpered.

Worth a watch, just don’t expect gun fights and snappy one-liners.

Date watched: February 5th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2016: 22


It must have been quite a few years since I last watched this, I didn’t review it on this site, so it must have been before 2008 (this site is now over 5 years old…jeebs!).

I had forgotten a lot of it, but it all came flooding back as I watched it. The toilet scene was darn funny, as was the poo-flinging incident…toilet jokes are always funny aren’t they?! It had it’s serious side too but it handled the serious bits well, didn’t ruin the rest of the film.

The acting was all top-notch, probably Euan McGregor’s best role ever, although he has done some good stuff since. Robert Carlyle was great too, he was perfect for the role of Begbie.

Good stuff all round.

Date watched: February 10th
Score: 9.5/10
Film count 2013: 19

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