Showing posts with label The tourist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The tourist. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Tourist

 I am a sucker for Johnny Depp's good looks and acting skills and will happily watch him paint a fence. Then he teams up with sexy Angelina Jolie and I am salivating, eagerly awaiting the combustion. Alas, I waited in vain......
Plot: The French police are on the lookout for Alexander Pearce a millionaire man wanted by Scotland yard for tax evasion and by a gangster Shaw who wants his stolen money back. They both think Elise (Angelina Jolie) Alexander’s lover will lead them to him based on a note he sends her.
In the note, Alexander tells Elise to get on a named train and latch herself onto the nearest guy that looks like him to deceive the detectives.
Shy and diffident Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist unwittingly became entangled in the spy chase when Elise chose to sit next to him.

I have never seen Johnny Depp look so handsome and Angelina so bloodless (well, except her pouty red lips).
The plot was interesting enough and Johnny Depp's performance was all I expected, with a good mesh of romance and action. I especially loved the suspense of the last 30 minutes…….all except Angelina’s clich├ęd role. I almost walked out of the cinema when she was revealed to be a secret British agent. Must she be a spy/detective/supersleuth in all her movies?? In this film, her role as secret agent added little or no bearing to the story. Except maybe they wanted to justify why she was good at managing a speed boat??.

My question is ‘has that woman forgotten how to be ‘womanly’ in a role?’ The last movie I thought of Jolie as womanly and sexy was Original sin.
I could totally understand why Antonio Banderas gave his heart and wealth to her. She reminded me of what it must have been to be Helen of Troy. But since then she has become this ‘sexy siren’ that’s untouchable and bloodless and automated. Her now almost gaunt outline and heavy make-up does not help matters.

To cut a long rant short, she was the only thing I didn’t like about The Tourist. I know many of you might not agree with me heck, she got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress because of this same role. I really don’t get why. To each their own I guess.

Angelina, please add some meat to those bones and enough of the spy movies. You are getting stereotyped.

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