It’s time for some pretty people blowing up pretty places in The Tourist! Luckily for us, the film is actually a bit better than the average run of the mill sexy, action adventure and is entertaining enough to keep you interested the whole way through despite it not being in any way, shape, or form original or surprising. But it is fun and easy for the whole family to go and see if you’re too afraid to see one of the best films of the year also coming out this weekend, The Fighter. But hey, some people like photo shoots with acting…
- Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
- Writer: Julian Fellowes, Christopher McQuarrie, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
- Actors: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Rufus Sewell
- Original Music by: James Newton Howard
- Cinematography by: John Seale
An American tourist (Depp) visits Italy to mend a broken heart, but crosses paths with a female Interpol agent (Jolie) who plans to use him as her pawn. Soon the tourist finds himself in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.
- It’s Pretty: Beautiful shots, beautiful locations, beautiful people… it’s a whole lot a pretty going on everywhere you look. It’s not exactly a challenge to make Venice, Italy and two of the best looking people in the world look good, but they still deserve some mention for doing so.
- Self-Aware: The last line in the film (don’t worry I won’t spoil anything) about Depp’s face not only wraps up the movie but is very much said with a wink to the audience. I thought it was rather accurate that when Jolie enters ANY room, all the men around her ogle her with their eyes. The film seemed to know what it was and who the people in it were, which made it a little bit easier to swallow.
- Supporting Cast: The way they used Rufus Sewell was brilliant. He’s the one good surprise that I didn’t see coming and was well cast and used in the movie. Paul Bettany and Timothy Dalton both put in great performances and as predicted raised the bar on the level of acting in the film.
- The Pace: Often times film’s like these lose their pacing about half-way through, but despite my pessimistic behavior walking into the theater the film managed to keep me interested throughout.
- Cliche Upon Cliche: From the English baddy to the convenient romance to the random dance sequence — think of every espionage thriller cliche over the past 50 years and it’s in this film. There’s literally nothing original about it and the twist is good, but predictable.
- Time for a Music Number: There are two places in the film where the music really fails. One is the random song choice used instead of keeping with the score and the second is the dance number which goes with my cliche comment.
- Predictable: It’s so incredibly easy to see where this film is going from 20 minutes in. Though there are a few decent twists there aren’t nearly enough surprises or suspense for a film like this.
This is a pretty film and not entirely disappointing, but there are far better espionage movies out there and far better ones with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. It’s an easy flick to watch and is entertaining enough to keep your attention, but that’s about the highest praise I can give it.
The Tourist in theaters December 10, 2010!
Will you go to see the film?