If I had to say, the guess would be this movie draws in crowds because of its two stars. Critics don’t seem all that into this script, and to be perfectly honest with you, neither was I. Entertaining, yes, but The Tourist isn’t that inventive.
The Tourist (2011) Film Review
Healing a broken heart takes time, as does the recovery before you can love again. Then for some, the most logical solution might be to run. Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is in just this position. A laid-back American math teacher, he suffers from heartbreak, and instead is now traveling alone across Europe alone. Presently he’s traveling from Paris to Venice by train when his life instantly changes.
A beguiling woman sits down across from him, and engages him in flirtatious conversation. Her name is Elise (Angelina Jolie). Turns out Elise has more than one secret, including a shadow in the form of Inspector Acheson (Paul Bettany), an investigator who believes Elise is the key to their investigation of a dangerous man called Pierce. Now, like Frank, Elise finds herself with the same choice, she must also run.
For a minute, let’s go back to the cast because pairing these two is interesting. It’s a challenge to think of Depp as anyone other than the rum-drinking Captain Sparrow whom he wholly embodies while Jolie (her accent slips here and there) has never been an actress I care much for. Seeing Depp as a professor is just so off from his normal roles, but he fills the shoes of the character well.
If I’m not careful, when I review these, I can go down a rabbit hole of trivia. The Tourist is one I did. The trivia of it reveals that the early production vets a number of different actors and directors, including Sam Worthington and Charlize Theron while Jolie only took the part because of its quick shoot (reportedly). The supporting cast is equally impressive, and includes Timothy Dalton and in the shadows of everyone, Rufus Sewall. I like how well everyone plays off each other. It may not be the cleverest, but this is a good movie.‘The Tourist’ (2011): A Sophisticated, Romantic Caper. Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp co-star in this entertaining film. #Movies #Romance #FWArchives Click To Tweet
The costumes are gorgeous. Jolie looks every inch the sophisticated woman in her ballroom attire, and Depp the dapper gentleman. This is kind of a film that may at first appear a wallflower. But once you’ve seen it, I think you’ll find yourself easily caught up. The back and forth of these characters makes for interesting objectives. Another good quality is shooting on location which allows this to have a realistic atmosphere. There’s some witty dialogue, and I treasure the final bits of banter between lovers; unforgettable as it may be, it is cute. Even the minor instance of foul language, which attempts to spoil a special moment, barely succeeds.
After my initial watch, I did see this again, and do enjoy the movie even more. It’s exciting, although not in the traditional sense. Ignore the blasé reviews, promotional material and telling title, and give the film a chance. It won’t reinvent the genre wheel, but its red herring plots and awareness of intrigue is fun. I’ll be the first to admit this movie isn’t something I’d expected to find so absorbing. But it’s just, fun.
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You can find The Tourist digitally on Amazon Video
Content: two f-words are made use of, plus ba**t**d. Violence was the second “reason” behind the PG13 rating which involves some gunfire [three villains are shot in the back] and tense escapes. Frank and Elise share some passionate kisses and implications suggest Elise just broke off a live-in relationship. The camera glimpses Elise undressing [her undergarments are visible]. Surveillance jokes about whether or not a target is wearing underwear as the camera zooms into her back. Much of Elise’s wardrobe is form-fitting with plunging necklines.