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This week's reviewed movie is:
The Rum Diary




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The Rum Diary falls short sometimes putting its story together with subplots that go nowhere.

However, maybe this is a cult classic in the making.

I found it good enough to keep my attention watching Johnny Depp clearly performing a labor of love playing Hunter S. Thompson's life from novels and manuscripts taking the lead role of a NOT-so-close friend.

I liked the period production of Puerto Rico in the 60s with all the cars and other means of transportation you wouldn't believe.

I could tell that Johnny Depp pulled out all the stops and tried to make this picture work.

It's been on the back burner for years. 
Unless you are a Hunter S. Thompson fan, this film isn't going to "rock your world."

Coming off more like a series of skits than an actual movie, this (apparently) labor of love from Johnny Depp (who got Thompson to publish the long-forgotten manuscript) is a prequel to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

It's a film about nothing with no point to be found; it's the birth of "Gonzo journalism" for Paul Kemp (one of Thompson's alter-egos) finally discovering how "to take the bastards down."
Most of the movie's problems show a connection to the source material and the blurring or confused effect of the real (or imaginary) nature of the story.

In other words, there is a lot wrong with the film and not much right.

In fact, the entire tale has an unfinished and half-done feel.

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