Am I the Only Person Who’s Growing Tired of Johnny Depp?
I imagine the subject material of this post will not sit well with a number of people, but I am interested to see just how outlandish my opinion is. Yes, as the title suggests, I am growing tired of Johnny Depp movies.
By no means am I suggesting he is a bad actor. I gave the dude major props for his performance in 2001′s Blow, a positive aspect of an otherwise pedestrian film (I once had a friend — who shall remain nameless — mention Blow in the same sentence as GoodFellas. This was simply mind-boggling, but I forgave it as one anomaly of a misguided view from an otherwise sane person).
I really don’t know what turned me against Depp. After all, who doesn’t respect Edward Scissorhands, and who didn’t like his performance in the first (forget the later installments) Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Ah, but maybe that last parenthetical remark will help us (me) answer this question. I saw the next Pirates film, Dead Man’s Chest, and strongly considered walking out of the theater halfway through. It was DREADFUL. Dreadful enough to erase most of the positive thoughts I had about the first film.
Then, after the novelty of Edward Scissorhands wore off, we got more of the done-to-death gothic and somewhat tongue-in-cheek Depp movies, often seeing him collaborate with Tim Burton (I was reminded of this tired trend with the recent release of Dark Shadows). Sweeney Todd. Sleepy Hollow. Corpse Bride. Enough is enough. Yes, dark thrillers are often excellent (a good psychological and gritty thriller is my favorite type of movie), but the Depp/Burton style is not. Then there was Depp’s (and Burton’s) take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was, in all honesty, putrid. After this series of episodes, I didn’t even bother seeing the duo’s version of Alice in Wonderland.
Perhaps this is why when I dug back into the early 1990s to finally watch What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, I found myself counting down the minutes until the movie would be over. It was a complete slog, but maybe I was somewhat subconsciously turned against Depp, who — while normally not poor in his performances — basically sleepwalked through that movie and fittingly received unanimous praise in turn.
Like I said, I actually think Depp is a good actor, but for whatever reason — be it his repetitive films, the constant attention he receives, or whatever else — I just don’t enjoy watching his movies anymore. The Rum Diary? Please. The Tourist? Get outta here. Yes, Depp’s presence in (supposedly) slick capers/action-comedies turns me off as well.
I did still see 21 Jump Street despite his presence in the original TV show. And maybe I’m being a bit harsh; if he’s going to be in a film that offers something different in terms of both style and substance, and also has some other good names involved, I’ll give it a shot. So no, I suppose I’m not completely closed off to Depp. But the Sweeney Todds and Dark Shadows(es…?) of the world certainly aren’t helping him get out of my doghouse anytime soon. The bottom line is that while the man is not lacking talent, he is simply a tired act(or).
Is this an asinine opinion (surely not as asinine as thinking Blow is in the same league as GoodFellas)? Or is there something to this? I’m interested to see reactions to this
factual observation opinion of mine.
And one last thing: Today is my birthday! And I’ve spent part of it doing one of my favorite things — writing about movies.
Posted on May 19, 2012, in General Movie Discussion and tagged 21 Jump Street, Alice in Wonderland, Blow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows, Edward Scissorhands, GoodFellas, Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, The Rum Diary, The Tourist, Tim Burton, What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.