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'Mortdecai' [Blu ray]
(Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, et al / Blu ray / R / 2015 / LGF)

Overview: Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

Blu ray Verdict: I have to fully admit I knew nothing about this movie going into it, which is rare for someone like me, in the profession that I live within. But, having "heard" the rumor mill kick in violently about Depp's acting in said film, and about the film's qualities, in general, I feared the worst, it has to be said!

But, what I got, from the kick-off, was a brilliantly funny, Austin Powersesque romp that had the aforementioned Mike Myers character never existed, could have surely meant that Depp's Mortdecai would have been created as a beloved trilogy! It's just that funny, that brilliant put together and with Paul Bettany alongside Deep's lead character as his faithful man servant, well, the dynamic duo are the reason I have now watched this film three times!

Depp plays Lord Charlie Mortdecai, an eccentric art dealer who can't keep his hands off his curly mustache, a feature he boasts to fall in line with the other Mortdecai men of past generations and something that serves as an incessant running gag throughout the whole film. Obsessed with his mustache, his gorgeous wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow), and whilst running into trouble at every turn, Mortdecai must travel all around the world to discover a stolen painting said to have a code to a lost bank account that is filled with stolen Nazi gold.

The only one constantly by his side is the aforementioned Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany), his trusty protector who does whatever he can to assure the safety of his friend, even if that means taking a bullet for the poor soul on several different occasions, usually as a result of Mortdecai's own personal error.

Supporting roles from the likes of great actors like Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor (who himself is really quite unrecognizable in his role, trust me!) are well achieved, and the overall aesthetics of the film are beautiful also. The cinematography by Florian Hoffmeister shines through vividly on all fronts, from all angles, and provides a delicious candy-colored affair for all to take in.

In closing, 'Mortdecai' is chock full of smart organization and smooth camera-work that give the story an energetic and flighty feel. The various scene transitions are checked by noteworthy, globetrotting design and you can tell that director David Koepp and Depp are having a great time with the central character throughout. Which is always the sign of a fun movie of this ilk, for sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

"On the Set of Mortdecai" Featurette
"Making Music for Mortdecai" Featurette