Starring: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp
When this movie first came out in the theaters I was super excited mainly because both Angelina and Johnny are my favorites actors. ( I have this weird thing that with actors I love… i refer to them by first name only) But after I heard the reviews I was deterred from spending movie theater dollars watching them….but I still feel guilty about it because I love my Johnny. That being said the reviewers were right.
The Tourist features Angelina Jolie as an ultra sophisticated woman named Elise, Elise who looks divine in all her glitz and glamour is followed closely by the Scotland Yard who wants to catch her old boyfriend Alexander Pierce for tax evasion. suddenly she gets a note from Alexander which tells her to meet him in the Italian city of Venice and to “find a man who looks like me” this imposter will be used to distract the Scotland Yard while Elise and Alexander rendezvous. I think one of the reasons why this movie fell flat was because of the lack of substance when it came to the plot, the plot was overly simplified and lacked depth and perception. Another major mistake the movie made was the utter lack of character development and back-story. When the movie starts you almost feel like your coming into the movie in the middle and you get this feeling like you missed some important piece of the story.
As Elise boards the train to Venice she searches for an imposter that supposedly looks like the mysterious Alexander….the impostor turns out to be Johnny Depp who in the film is named Frank. Frank and Elise trade was supposed to be witty flirtations but they weren’t, because Johnny and Angelina have absolutely no chemistry. The chemistry between Angelina and Johnny feels more like a friendship rather than a romantic relationship which is why the movie was so unsuccessful.
When Elise and Frank arrive in Venice they pose as husband and wife and while they dont sleep together, the kiss that Elise plants on Frank sets both Scotland Yard an the Russian Mafia in a frenzy and they become convinced that Frank is Alexander and so proceed to capture him. Frank wakes up to find Elise gone and the Russian Mafia breaking in, Frank tries to escape but is captured by the police who are working with the Russians. Elise arrives and rescues Frank and she apologizes for getting Frank involved in her drama and drops him off at the airport after trying to prevent him from getting further drawn in to the whole “Alexander” mix-up. Elise attends a ball where she is supposed to meet Alexander but instead runs into Frank, who tells her he loves her and asks her to escape with him. Elise doesnt want Frank to get hurt, so she tells him to go away and not to follow her. Then Elise disappears following a man she thinks is Alexander out of the ball….only to be kidnapped by the Russian gangster. At this point the plot becomes so super predictable that you could probably guess the ending on your own and I will let you do that because I dont believe in spoiling endings even if they are predictable.
I hate being let down by movies that have all the potential to be good but then aren’t. Both Angelina and Johnny are great actors so why is the movie bad? I’m going to blame it on the Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who also wrote the movie. Granted this is Donnersmarck first American film but its obvious that he focused more on the costumes and cinematography than the actual plot and characters of the film leaving the film very dry and boring.
Bluej Rating: C