Posted by: Financial Sith Lord | January 6, 2011

Movie Review: The Tourist

(image courtesy of Sony Pictures)

Managed to squeeze some time off today, so I decided to take my wife to the movies.. Movie in subject: The Tourist.. starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie (both Gemini and shares the same zodiacal sign with my wife… as a matter of fact, between Johnny, Angie and my wife, they’re born within a 3-day radius!!).. After getting the necessary pop-corns and Hot Ipoh White Coffee (it was darn cold due to the heavy rain), we plumped ourself on the pre-selected couples seat, right smack centre of the cinema hall.

After waiting for almost an eternity (and finishing half of the medium pop-corn pack) for the movie to start, the screen began playing trailers of up-coming movies.. hmm… After for about 5 minutes or so, the movie finally began..

The story revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart (played by Johnny Depp, of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean). Elise is an extraordinary woman (played by Angelina Jolie) who deliberately crosses his path, which triggers a series of unfortunate life threatening events, resulting from Elise’s lover’s antics of stealing money from a global-scale gangster.

I’m sure you can find the spoilers all over the internet, thus I shall not bother to go there. All I want to do is give my honest opinion in regards to screenplay. The initial setting seems to be of a love story, set upon the lover’s city of Venice. The cinematography was superb in carrying the mood, thus enticing the audience to virtually fall for the surroundings and imagine the real environment. Acting wise, I can’t help but to sometimes see glimpses of Jack Sparrow and Lara Croft, in various scenes of the movie. Yes, both are superb acting artistes and carried their respective characters well, but probably due to the recent exposures to their previous works, you can’t help but to reminisce of their other characters.

The plot is rather simple, but the Director somehow or rather, gave out too much of a hint in the middle of the story, thus taking a big chunk of the necessary suspense in the end of the story line. If only some information was not reveled too early, the movie would have a greater impact.

Overall, we enjoyed the movie, which offered its fair share of sad and comical parts, to enlighten the overall mood (often referred to as alienation). But one thing was certain when the credit titles came out… I had to pee!!

Financial Sith Lord’s Verdict: 7.8



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