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I think "overrated" is what we call artists when we want to call attention to our own superior powers of observation ... or worse, to call attention to what we imagine is the inferior powers of observation of our contemporaries. If you imagine you see a flaw in someone's makeup that everyone else has missed, it might do you some good to question your own self-regard before you cast aspersions on others' enjoyment. That said ... Something happens to an actor when he comes to believe too deeply in his own press. Depp, in this way, seems to be stumbling down the same path as Jack Nicholson, circa, say, The Witches of Eastwick, Batman, Wolf, and Mars Attacks. I think there's a bit more variety in what Depp does, but that variety becomes its own trick; "bold" choices and incongruous delivery are Depp's versions of Nicholson's shifty eyebrows, wicked grin, and stoned drawl.
Of course, like Nicholson, he'll probably pull out something truly brilliant now and again in the hands of a solid director/writer/editor, and the people who think he was "overrated" will hate it as much as they will have hated everything else he did, those who are circumspect enough to look at each performance in context and on its merits will notice the difference, and his fan base--who are, in any case, getting their money's worth--will wonder what the rest of us were kvetching about in the first place. Life will go on, movies will be made, etc.
I'm really not looking forward to the insufferable debating of musical theater nerds over the cuts and changes, though, even if that will inevitably include some of my best friends. I'd rather be locked in a room full of Tolkien scholars.
7/10, look forward to future trolls.
Not sure you actually watched his interviews with Letterman. Or have you only watched that early 2013 interview? Still, he acts and looks nothing like that in the movie.
"Why we can't come together as a nation to repeal the law that Johnny Depp gets to have a part in every Stephen Sondheim movie adaptation is beyond me, but that's Obamacare for you."
Because you can't do anything about it in the real world? This is only his second Sondheim movie adaptation and Sweeney Todd was great and he was nominated for an Oscar for it so..
Maybe more important is that you are a grown man, a writer, who is writing about who "Into the Woods", which is kind of a children's movie that is made to appeal to adults, can't 'quite be ruined' by Depp's horrible persona, as you see it.
Do you not see that this movie is garbage?
Well, I guess you are just to towing the company line of Stranger writers who try to present as intelligent cultured individuals who are at the forefront of pop-culture opinions, but come off are more like the adult versions of whiny, self-absorbed teenagers who think that they are smarter than everyone else, and therefore their opinions are important and interesting...
Sometimes, it seems like a new way of being homophobic ("He plucks his eyebrows, his socks match his shirt, and I think I saw that outfit in one of my wife's magazines!) or ageist ("Damn kids! In my day, we knew how to wear black jeans with authentic panache!"). Probably reading too much into it, though. I really think it's more a way of hating white or white-ish people who make you feel disconnected from some ill-defined notion of "alternative" culture.
I get all that...but seriously should I buy a gun?