Mortdecai Blu-ray Review
I’ll have to admit that from the early trailers and television spots for MORTDECAI, it looked to me as if Johnny Depp was attempting to channel a character consisting of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean and Peter Seller’s Inspector Clouseau. That idea is what kept me away from the film when it hit theatres and, judging by the poor box-office performance of the film, may have done the same to many others.
Depp stars as Lord Charles Mortdecai, an art dealer (and occasional art-thief) who claims to be accomplished at so many things I can’t list them all here. When we meet him he is in the process of “obtaining” a new tapestry and bragging on his latest “mod” accessory, a very sweet “Hercule Poirot” style mustache. Unfortunately, not everyone loves it, especially his wife, Johanna (Paltrow), who immediately decides to eat dinner alone and sleep in the guest room. But soon Charles, mustache and all, is sent on another adventure; recovering a painting thought to be lost many years ago.
More funny than not, MORTDECAI gives Depp a chance to practice his British accent while surrounding himself with some funny co-stars. Paltrow, who really hasn’t been on screen much recently in anything but Marvel films, gets a chance to show the fun side she put on display in SHALLOW HAL and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Jeff Goldblum also get to have a few laughs as well. But the surprising one in the cast is Paul Bettany. Remember when I said Mortdecai claims to be accomplished in so many things? When he says this he’s speaking of Bettany’s character, Jock, who takes care of all the hard things, like fights and shoot-outs, for Mortdecai. He’s his shadow, though occasionally he comes along a few seconds too late to suit Mortdecai.
Director Koepp keeps things moving though I think the film could have benefited with him giving the script a quick once over. Koepp has written the screenplays for several films I greatly enjoyed, including JURASSIC PARK, CARLITO’S WAY and ANGELS AND DEMONS, while script writer Eric Aronson’s only other screenplay was the Lance Bass/Joey Fatone film ON THE LINE. However, there is enough physical comedy and gags to keep you laughing consistently, so all is not lost. Production design is top notch – lots of large houses and estates. If you were scared off by MORDTECAI’s ad campaign, take a deep breath and invite him into your home. You won’t be disappointed.
Video: Presented in a 2:40.1 aspect ratio, the picture leaps off the screen. The colors, especially those of the various paintings highlighted, are clear and vivid.
Audio: The soundtrack is delivered in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and is well mixed.
Stolen Moments: On the Set of “Mortdecai” (16:33): A mixture of cast and crew interviews mixed with behind the screen footage.
The Art of Noise: Making Music for “Mortdecai” (12:25): This featurette follows the film’s composer, Geoff Zanelli, at work.
Theatrical Trailers: (3:56): Both the films teaser and pre-release trailers are presented.