Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck ( you do and you’ll have to clean it up), the Oscar winning director ( the brilliant ” The Lives of Others”, 2007 Best Foreign Film winner) is given a pot full of Hollywood money to remake the 2005 French film “Anthony Zimmer”( the story of a chef who travels the world eating Bizarre Foods… oh, I’m sorry that’s “Andrew Zimmern”).” The Tourist” gives us the story of an American Tourist ( Johnny Depp) traveling to ease a broken heart and crossing paths with Elise (Angelina Jolie), a beautiful woman searching for her lover, an internationally wanted con-man who’s being pursued by a nasty British Agent (Paul Bettany). Don’t waste too much time figuring out the plot-line, you’ll have plenty of questions about it after seeing the film. The point of this film is giving you a glamorous Venice Vacation, with a few chases thrown in, and a chance to ogle the otherworldly beauty of Angelina Jolie and the charm of the always reliable Johnny Depp. Von Donnersmarck gives us “The Lives Of Others…who can afford The Danielli Hotel”. The problem with these big budget films is that more attention is spent on wardrobe and lighting stars like Jolie than a story we can believe in but if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s here in spades. Rated PG-13.
I give it a 2.0 GPA