Now, I'm not saying that The Tourist is as good as any of Hitchcock's movies, all of which are pretty much considered classic examples of motion picture suspense movies. But this film is an enjoyable two hours, with some of the most beautiful cinematography you'll see, thanks to the location at the center of the film- Venice, Italy.
|Jolie and Depp in route from Paris to Venice|
Of course that man she finds on the train is Johnny Depp, "the tourist" - a math teacher from America. He plays the part that Cary Grant played in many Hitchcock movies - the "everyman" pulled into something that he never thought he'd be involved in. I don't want to say anything else about the plot, just watch it and enjoy how the film builds to it's climax.
|Jolie and Depp arrive in Venice.|
Now the film got mixed reviews last Fall, not exactly sure why that was as I had a good time watching it. It was also nominated for Golden Globes for both Jolie and Depp as Lead Acting in a Comedy- which I find quite odd as even though there are a couple of humorous moments in the film, this is definitely more of a suspense movie than a comedy.
Directed by the German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who's first film The Lives of Others was a truly great movie, The Tourist has plenty of twists and turns and keeps you watching and guessing until the final minutes. Jolie looks absolutely stunning in the movie, her hair, her make-up and her clothes are simply amazing. But even Jolie can't compete with the beauty and splendor of Venice. I'm sure this movie has increased that cities tourism.
Recommended for a fun night, put it in your Netflix queue if you like suspense movies with plenty of intrigue and romance, or if you just feel like a trip to Venice -and Mom, this is a movie I think you'll really enjoy.
Official Trailer for the movie -
Amazon link for the Blu-Ray of The Tourist (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Amazon link for the dvd of The Tourist
Amazon link for the Blu-ray of von Donnersmarck's first film The Lives of Others [Blu-ray]