"Rum Te Tum Te Tum"
by Margaret Morley for remotegoat on 12/11/11

Johnny Depp stars in , "The Rum Diary", and is also famous for his roles in, "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2003-2011), "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), to name but a few.

Johnny plays a watchable newspaper journalist, who has travelled from New York to Puerto Rico in "The Rum Diary," which is a well written film, in that it has some good lines for the characters, including the simple, "Don't push me". There is an amusing comic element sprinkled throughout the film. The incidental music is also noteworthy, with a nice song at the end of the film.

This film may particularly appeal to men who like watching men in macho roles and it is also more than likely to appeal to Johnny Depp fans. Johnny plays a character called Paul Kemp and the opening of the film is magnificent, with the contrast of the character Kemp, being in quite a bad state, to a change for the better where he is ready for an interview, during which he has his CV scrunched up before his very (sun glass shaded) eyes.

Many different themes are included in this 15 certificate film, in particular a theme of politics runs throughout. Characters partake in the heavy consumption of alcohol, which sometimes involves many miniature bottles of rum. A lot of smoking and the use of bad language, including the offensive use of the word, "b*****d*" takes place. Scenes of cockerel fighting also occur on more than one occasion, which some may not like despite the reassurance that, "No animals were harmed during the making of the film".

The plot unwinds as the San Juan Star newspaper is struggling to survive and as a consequence of this the boss is frantic and is rude towards his workers.

Kemp quickly becomes besotted with a girl named Chenault, (played by Amber Heard). They first meet whilst she is taking a dip in the sea but the next time that they meet she is with her boyfriend, which further adds to the overall intrigue of the situation. In terms of his journalist career Kemp has to decide on how he is best going to word things…

The film is dedicated to Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) an American journalist and author of "The Rum Diary" (1998).

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