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The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

3.1 218 Ratings

Directed by : Bruce Robinson

Release Date : | Length : 119 Minutes

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Paul Kemp is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.


“Fantastic screenplay, powerful performances and funny dialogues overpower the slow, half-baked storyline of this Johnny Depp movie. An enjoyable watch!”

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Johnny Depp


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A great drink to try out

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Rum diaries is a lot about drinking at one level. At no point in the movie do you see a character without a glass of rum insist hands. After a while you start hankering for a drink yourself.

At a deeper level it's about a journalist trying to find his own voice while working for a failing newspaper in Puerto Rico.Its a true story based on the life of the famous American journalist Hunter Thompson who created an alter ego called Paul Kemp. He would like to write stories which show the divide between the American rich guys who flood into the country and the native Puerto Ricans who have to scavenge for food and the conflicts arising therein. Hs boss meanwhile only wants him to write happy news about who won bowling contests because according to him his readers are just normal holidaying Americans who want a positive view of life. Stuck in this quandary, he stumbles onto a group of people who want to start a resort on a virgin island and ruin it. He falls in love within the girlfriend of the main guy and then things start to go wrong. Ultimately, he does find a way out of his personal conflicts and that's where the story leaves us, at the beginning of his new life.

As a story, there is not much happening here. It's not a thriller with action or a romance with lots of soppiness. Even the inner conflicts he is going through are not so much verbalised as felt in Johnny Depp's fantastic body language which shows him going from an unsure, drunk, slightly scared of wrong doing person to the confident persona in the end of a person who has found his calling.What you get in this movie is loads of atmosphere and a fantastic feel of Peurto RIco and not in the touristy ZNMD kind of way. You feel the conflicts between the locals and the Americans and at the same time experience the carnival and cock fights. The story moves really slowly since it is more about a person coming into his own than about external things influencing the action.

The screenplay is crackling and there is a hilarious sequence in a car with no back seat which had us doubling with laughter. Depp is very ably supported by the rest of the cast. Giovanni Ribisi as the alcoholic journalist Moburg is repulsively good.

The best way to enjoy this movie is to sit back and just take it all in as it happens without fretting for action. If you are looking for a fast paced movie this one is not for you.The dialogues are funny, the actors are fantastic and there is lots of rum floating around . What more can you ask for?

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