We may only be three weeks into 2015 but Johnny Depp‘s new movie Mortdecai is hotly tipped to be the biggest movie flop of the year. Entertainment Wise postulates that Mortdecai is all set to be Depp’s third straight box office flop and this could have a negative impact on the stars future earning potential. In Mortdecai Johnny Depp stars as a Lord Mortdecai, an art dealer who is on the trail of a stolen Goya painting that hides the location of a stolen fortune. Depp is one step ahead of the police in the form of Inspector Martland, played by Ewan McGregor, who happens to be in love with Mortdecai’s wife, played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
A string of terrible reviews are leading to predictions that the movie is likely to bomb at the box-office. The Hollywood Reporter estimates that the movie may take as little as $10 million on its weekend of release, this on a movie that cost upwards of $60 million to make. Depps last two movies The Lone Ranger and Transcendence, barely broke even.
Reviews of Mortdecai have been almost exclusively terrible. The Guardian says “The poster is awful. The premise is awful. To be frank, quite a lot about it is awful….but it does deliver one or two daft laughs.” The Guardians critic then goes on to advise movie-goers to skip Depp’s movie and read Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels instead.
The critics have lined up to slate Mortdecai, USA Today says “Depp’s mustached Mortdecai is a piece of low art.”
The Telegraph says “It’s hard to think of a way in which the experience of watching the new Johnny Depp film could be any worse, unless you returned home afterwards to discover that Depp himself had popped round while you were out and set fire to your house.” They call the movie “psychotically unfunny” and say “There surely won’t be a film in 2015 worse than this art-heist romp, starring Johnny Depp.”
Critic Peter Sobczynski says “Like the film as a whole, [Johnny Depp’s] performance is such a spectacular miscalculation that it begins to generate a strange fascination in that you almost want to keep watching just to see how much worse it can possibly get before it finally comes to a merciful and long-overdue conclusion.”
Finally New York Magazine critic David Edelstein says “Having combed Roget’s Thesaurus in vain for a suitable adjective to describe the Johnny Depp comedy Mortdecai, I’m forced to say it’s just … bad.”
Of course it remains to be seen what the public will make of Mortdecai. It would not be the first movie to be loved by the public after the critics hated it and many people do hold a soft spot for Johnny Depp.
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