Mortdecai movie review: The story is predictable

January 23, 2015 6:52 PM

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Mortdecai movie review: The story is predictable

EVERYTHING British, and then some. The dissolute lord and the loyal “manservant”; the manor and the manner; Oxford and Eton; Rolls-Royce and the pin-stripes; old libraries with butlers, and older houses with the famous water-colours — Mortdecai taps into all that as it brings forth a little-known series of four comic-action novels written in the 1970s by author Kyril Bonfiglioli, for a film barely saved from drowning by the charm of its actors.

Leading from the front not surprisingly is Depp, as Charlie Mortdecai. His string of odd-ball characters may now be running on a spool and the moustache he sports here may be a tiresome sub-plot in itself, but it takes a Depp to pull off this incompetent English gent who is a cross between Austin Po...

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