I heard about the movie Mortdecai sometime in either 2014 or 2015. It had a lot cool people in it like Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor. I also wanted to see it for Olivia Munn as I remember her before she was an actress, as she was a co-host for G4’s Attack of the Show. I also heard it did abysmal with critics. Not everything critics hated is necessarily a bad movie. Could Mortdecai be that terrible?
The movie is about Lord Charlie Mortdecai who is a British aristocrat. He also happens to be part of the darker side of the world of art collectors. He’s also a bit of an idiot who has the greatest luck in the world. He’s often saved by his personal servant, and his beautiful wife Johanna still hasn’t left him despite many reasons to do so. One of them is his insistence on keeping a goofy mustache even though it makes his wife wan to vomit.
One day Charlie Mortdecai is informed by Inspector Alistair Martland (who happens to have a massive crush on his wife Johanna) that an important painting has gone missing. The woman who was to restore and clean the painting had been murdered. Since Charlie Mortdecai knows the ugly side of the art world, he insists that he lends his knowledge and talents to help solve the case. Unless Charlie Mortdecai makes matters even worse by his own idiocy.
I will say that Mortdecai is the best “bad” movie I’ve seen in awhile. I can understand why critics didn’t like it to be truthful. The story is dumb, the situations are ridiculous, and the humor often falls flat. But there are some funny moments, and the actors and actresses do help more than they hurt the film. It’s not one of those movies where you groan or fall asleep, but rather realize it certainly wouldn’t be getting any Oscar nominations. I’ll probably forget most of the movie five years from now, which is probably what most of the actors in it are hoping too.