Sound Off: Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Tourist - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 10, 2010
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Arriving in theaters this weekend is yet another remake of a recent Foreign film, but this one has a very impressive cast, lead by world famous superstars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Directing this remake of Anthony Zimmer, retitled to The Tourist, is German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - delivering his first Hollywood feature since winning Oscar for The Lives of Others in 2007. So how is it? Is it entertaining or just a dull action flick? How are Depp and Jolie together? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of The Tourist!
To fuel the fire, I just saw The Tourist tonight and I actually enjoyed it, I thought it was fun. It's got a great concept behind it, very unique, and I like how they play with it and the characters throughout the story. The only problem, for me, was that I knew what was going on already, so it wasn't a big surprise. After seeing the movie you'll know exactly what I'm talking about, but it was a bit odd to watch it from the other side for my first time. That said, it was still a solid identity-twist thriller, reminding me of old James Bond films in a way, I think because of Depp's very cunning character and all the European locations. Great performances all around, it's not bad, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. (PS - Narnia Sound Off Coming Later in the Day!)
What did you think of Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Tourist? Entertaining or laughable?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
I actually saw it last night at an advance screening and I thought it was quite good; very entertaining. As always, Depp stole the show and created yet another great character to add to the list of many that he has potrayed. I don't know if this would be considered an action flick. I see it more as a mix of a thiller and comedy. Regardless of the genre, it was enjoyable. I really think this director has a bright future. Filming on the European locations, the scenery, the cinematography, etc. I was just in awe on how beautiful the movie looked. Definitely a change of pace from the other movies that are out right now. I highly recommend it!
GrandDoc on Dec 10, 2010
I saw the film Wednesday night at an advance screening and thought is was awful. It's a spy movie for seniors. It's got the slowest boat chase in motion picture history. Slow paced-action, awful blue screen effects; I swear a film time filmmaker was behind the camera. This might be good on long flight with the right amount of Gravol.
Drunken Master on Dec 10, 2010
Saw it last night. I couldn't agree more: "Spy movie for seniors." It was a titillating romp of an excuse for romantic European locations and to get Depp and Jolie on screen together. Predictable and cliche. It was fun if you didn't take it too seriously, or pay too much attention in the trailer...
TheMostest on Dec 11, 2010
I just got back from seeing it. I thought it was great. The audience I saw it with gave it applause at the end. The music was good, the locations were great. I don't know why this is getting such bad reviews.
EJP on Dec 11, 2010
Why is this movie getting a bad review? I saw it over the weekend and absolutely loved it!! What d'ya all have against the producer/director maybe??absolutely brilliant people to create such a clever, fun movie....applause!applause! I demand Tourist 2 creation!!!
hannahlyn on Dec 13, 2010
For seniors? For intellectuals, perhaps. And intellectuals don't need fast-paced action to make things interesting. That would be for idiots.
Ellendeaton on Feb 6, 2011
In a day and age when sex and violence rule... character development and backdrop are flat, plastic and/or digital... it was nice to see an almost 50s innocence in this flick. It is entertaining and dispite a few swear words and some bullet holes... it is relatively clean. It is a cute romance semi-thriller comedy that conservative couples can enjoy with some popcorn and soft drinks. Cheers to an entertaining flick.
Mr Sensibility on Apr 12, 2011
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