Once again, Johnny Depp shows his talent for slipping completely into a character. What a shame that this character is almost completely unnoteworthy.
Mortdecai (the movie) wants to be a knowing send up of sixties caper movies, espionage thrillers and, possibly, the superb BBC series Lovejoy. Instead, it’s Johnny Depp plays the worst of Mr. Bean – in a Rolls.
Although Disney’s Into The Woods is doing well in theaters, it was considered to be a risky move – taking a three-hour hit Broadway musical and turning it into a two-hour movie. Plus, there was the fact that Into The Woods is not the lightest exploration of fairy tales.
On the plus side, director Rob Marshall was an old hand at adapting Broadway hits into movie form – his Chicago nabbed a few Oscars® – and the screenplay for Into The Woods was adapted by James Lapine, who, with Stephen Sondheim, created the original musical.
So, what did it take to take Into The Woods from stage to screen? Follow the jump to check out a video dealing with that very topic.
Into The Woods takes four classic fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel – and looks at what happens after their happily ever after endings. There have been several films in recent memory that have tackled this idea, but when Into The Woods debuted, it was a radical new idea. It’s still the best take on the idea.
Johnny Depp’s new film, Mortdecai, follows the very British and slightly dim Charles Mortdecai as he searches for a stolen painting that might have a code to a lost bank account containing Nazi gold. The trailer is amusing in a slightly off-centre manner, but it’s easy to see why it’s been scheduled for the boondocks date of February 6th, 2015.
Of course, one simply never knows. Does one? Check it out after the jump.
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass has gotten underway with an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans) under the direction of James Bobin (The Muppets, The Muppets Most Wanted).
This time, the journey to Underland is also a trip back in time. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass will take us back down the rabbit hole on May 27, 2016. For more details, follow the jump.
When Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark Broadway take on fairytales, Into The Woods, was optioned by Disney, there was a lot of fear that it would wind up being Disnified – so much so that Sondheim had to go on record as saying that that just wasn’t so.
Now the first teaser trailer for the film has been released and it looks a couple shades darker than the usual Disney version. Check it out after the jump.
In Transcendence, the wife and colleague of a dying man attempt to upload his consciousness into supercomputer AI with less than optimum results in a story bookended by a quiet, post-internet post-apocalypse world.
Transcendence, Wally Pfister’s debut as a director, looks as off-the-wall nuts (in a good way) as something by Christopher Nolan (with whom Pfister worked on such films as Inception and the Dark Knight Trilogy). It also looks like a splendid showcase for Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall.
Check out the new trailer after the jump. Transcendence premieres on April 18th.