Art dealer, Charles Mortdecai, searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold.Wikipedia
The story is predictable, the jokes flat, and the action put there because, well, you can’t very well have a heist otherwise. But more than anything else what Koepp (who has not written this film unlike his other work) invests in are the characters.
... grand when it comes to scale and production values. The clothes are grand enough and so are the mansions and castles where it has been filmed. It is a pity then that it also has to be so boring.
..., with a pretty short running time of 107 minutes, you won’t be bored while watching Mortdecai. There’s enough to keep you engaged, and amused — and as far as an option for a leisurely weekend watch is concerned, what more could you ask for?
It is difficult to understand why Koepp, Depp, Paltrow, Bettany and Aronson agreed to make the film. Mortdecai, eventually, is but a joke -- an inside joke, which only the above mentioned five persons will find amusing. The rest of us must suffer through it.
The film is paced well but unfortunately, a lot of the jokes fall flat. The film simmers but never really sizzles, despite moments of potential.
Strangely the director David Koepp has made good films in the past – like 'Premium Rush' and 'Ghost Town', the latter especially worked as a comedy because of the charming cast and the genuinely great lines, and also the restrained nature of it. If only he'd spent more time writing good jokes instead of focusing on Depp's star power to propel the film forward. Much like their previous collaboration 'Secret Window', this one is a turkey that'll only be remembered for its legendarily small haul at the box office.
The eccentricity of Mortdecai and the whole art-heist theme of the film is bound to refresh memories of Pink Panther. Except that Inspector Clouseau wins the audience’s hearts and successfully cracks them up.
Overall, Mortdecai is truly a huge let down!