A few thoughts on ‘The Tourist’

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist

Most critics apparently don’t feel like I did about The Tourist. Most critics hated the film, and I actually enjoyed it a bit.

Do you want to know why I thought The Tourist was actually pretty good though?

Part of it was because Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie were in it. It was also a funny film that was clearly a blatant rip off of the original (as opposed to an Americanized remake).

But the reason I left the theatre smiling after I saw The Tourist was because it ended with Muse’s “Starlight” playing over the credits, which pretty much summed up the film for me.

Okay, I liked it for a few more reasons than that, but Muse certainly helped.

That said I’m still appalled by the liberal use of very bad special effects to make Angelina and Johnny look like they were doing fantastic stunts in outlandish places, and by the generally ridiculous script, but I actually walked away with a smile on my face and frankly, that’s a lot better than I manage with most movies.

W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.