This is the second Hunter S. Thompson film Johnny Depp has starred in but it is neither a sequel nor a prequel to Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.
The Rum Diary, based on Thompson’s novel of the same name, tells the story of Paul Kemp, a journalist looking to make a new start in Puerto Rico with the local paper. As the title subtly hints though, Kemp’s drinking gets the better of him leading him to trouble with the local law as well as becoming entangled in a dodgy business venture.
Most critics are suggesting that this film is a rip roaring success and is a laugh a minute but while there are laughs it is not quite a full-blown comedy. Giovanni Ribisi steals any and all laughs as Moberg, the sleazy correspondent who is either drunk, high or appreciating the speeches of Hitler. Depp does well, as ever, as the swanky young journo but this feels more like one of his standard high-quality performances rather than a full comedic role or an Oscar attempt. Continue reading