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The Rum Diary trailer, does it do it for you?

TheRumDiary.jpgI'm not so sure, everyone's been going crazy over the trailer for The Rum Diary and it really didn't do much for me apart from remind me how gorgeous Amber Heard is, how Johnny Depp can mumble his lines and look cool, and how a Hunter S. Thompson story is filled with some sort of mind altering substance, even if it is just mostly booze.

Saying that though two moments caught me near the end and I did warm to it. I wonder if this will be as big a hit as Depp's other Thompson adaptation, or will the very fact that Depp is in it nullify any hiccups in the film?

The film is adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's first novel by Bruce Robinson who also directs, the last film he directed was Jennifer Eight, which for a long time adorned the many film posters I had in the office of my first big job. He also directed a film called Whithnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising. He and Thompson would seem to be a marriage made in heaven. Throw in Johnny Depp and there's a great three way going.

Here's the blurb:

The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

So it's not just Depp and Amber Heard, but there's Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins and Amaury Nolasco. A good cast and behind the camera it all seems to be lining up well too.

Here's the trailer for The Rum Diary which comes through Entertainment Tonight:

Well then, what did it do for you? I wasn't that interested until three scenes caught me, the confusion over the boat, the "who'll scream first" scene, and the "no seat" driving. I'm not sure which way the film will head, but that's looking good so far isn't it?



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