Movie Review: THE TOURIST

The Tourist, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is a fun film, full of intrigue, mystery and beautiful cinematography.  Keep reading for my full review below!

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have great chemistry on screen in this romantic thriller that also boasts a great supporting cast which includes Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton and Rufus Sewell.  

The Tourist is a remake of a 2005 French film titled Anthony Zimmer.  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie and Julian Fellowes penned the screenplay.  It has a rousing score from James Newton Howard which helps intensify the chase sequences and set the tone for the remainder of the film.

Synopsis:

Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in "The Tourist." During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Review:

If you are looking for a film that requires a lot of thinking then this is not the film for you. Much like the characters seem to act on impulse, I strongly recommend the audience just go with the flow and dive right into the film.  The backdrop of Venice adds to the beautiful cinematography.  I kept looking at the water in the canals in some of the sequences and was amazed at how crisp the water looked.  Little details such as that and the ornate designs of the architecture are enhanced by the John Seales work. 

This film reminded me of a subdued spy thriller in the vein of early James Bond films, but with less violent action. Do not mistake that statement for me saying the film does not have action.  The chase scenes and the suspenseful twists in this film are great without a lot of gritty violence and a high body count.  

Depp and Jolie were great together as I said.  I also enjoyed Paul Bettany's character, and I enjoyed seeing Dalton on the big screen again.  Rufus Sewell does not have a large amount of screen time, but what he does he looks dashing as always.  

To me, Depp is such a cool person on or off screen that I find it difficult to believe him in a role where he has to act as uncool as a Math teacher, no offense to Math teachers.  Regardless of this, Depp is always a joy to see on the big screen.  Because of the sweeping cinematography and and the stars involved, The Tourist is a good choice to see in theaters.  

 

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