This is the second trailer for The Tourist, a spy-thriller romp starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. “Ooh,” you think, “two very pretty, fairly talented actors! How exciting!” “Hmm,” I think. “Angie’s fine, but why do we need Depp specifically for this role (for which he seems slightly ill-suited), besides the fact that fans will be excited by the Jolie-Depp pairing and show up in theaters.”
The first trailer was, in my opinion, absolutely terrible. Seriously, I don’t buy Johnny Depp in this movie. I do sort of get what they’re trying to do – undoubtedly the bumbling, lost character at the beginning of the film will morph into someone dashing and debonair by the end. But it seems to me that it’d be more convincing to find a good actor who fits Frank v.1 and have them morph into Frank 2.0 than vice-versa. Additionally, he was supposed to be funny, it seemed, and I don’t think funny right off, mainly because his primary means of delivery involves, quite often, mumbling. Jolie is simply doing what she does best, and I wish that we got more of Paul Bettany. In this, the second trailer, though, Depp comes off much better. They seem to have cut out some of the mumbling. I am still not entirely convinced, but I’m slightly more interested now. This could also be because I read somewhere that Bettany’s character is an investigator/whatever who has been studying/tailing/etc. Jolie for so long that he has fallen in love with her. Something about that seems interesting to me; not that I think it will be played particularly well since this looks mostly action-y, and obviously with Johnny Depp on the screen, she’s not going to end up with Paul Bettany, even though I sure as hell would. Anyway. Here you go. Bonus points for the use of Muse.