Johnny Depp is the talk of the town these days, but not necessarily in a flattering way. With the recent release of his comedy movie, Mortdecai, the actor has received a lot of flak, and has even been labeled as not really being a movie star – at least in the sense of opening a movie successfully with his sheer presence.
Mortdecai, with a budget of $60 million, had a heartbreaking domestic gross of $4.13 ($5.2 foreign). If it were the first time, I suppose the figures could be overlooked. But it’s not a one-off deal. Every movie analyst out there has had their say, crunched the numbers, and has come to the conclusion: Johnny Depp has had one box office flop too many.
Even fans may have to admit that at this point.
That being said, one cannot ignore his talent. Perhaps he merely has bad judgement. Perhaps he just does whatever the frak he wants without thinking of the box office. Who knows?
What we do know is that Johnny Depp has quite a bunch of movies under his belt that we won’t mind watching again – not counting the big hits he’s had not-so-recently.
In spite of his flops, these 5 Johnny Depp movies are truly worth watching – and how we want to remember Johnny Depp’s career by.
Top Johnny Depp movies worth re-watching
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Back in the day when Johnny Depp was still a teenage heartthrob, he was one of the victims of Freddy Krueger. While he certainly wasn’t the main focus of the movie, and he met a rather gruesome end, the movie gave him his break. A Nightmare on Elm Street is still considered one of the finest in its genre and is certainly worth revisiting. Even if you might not spot Johnny Depp at first glance.
Edward Scissorhands is the film that really got people to talk about Johnny Depp – in a good way. With Tim Burton at the helm, the movie was the starting point of many years of collaboration between the two. The movie itself has tinges of sweet and funny blended in a bizarre, twisted background, and Johnny Depp nailed Edward Scissorhand’s character down to the very core.
Based on a novel by Joane Harris, the movie Chocolat highlights contrasting images, ideas, and lifestyles. Johnny Depp doesn’t enter the scene till later, but he does an excellent job playing the role of a gypsy. And don’t turn your nose up thinking it’s a chick flick before you give the movie a chance. Sure, there’s romance going on in there, but there’s more to the movie than that.
Donnie Brasco wasn’t such a big hit that raked in money by the truckload, but Johnny Depp had an excellent performance. The story of an undercover FBI agent (based on an actual investigation on the Bonanno crime syndicate), Donnie Brasco also starred Al Pacino. On top of the riveting tale, the chemistry between Johnny Depp and Al Pacino and the level of their acting makes Donnie Brasco an “unmissable” movie. You might even shed a tear or two at the end.
Set in the 70s, Blow is the story of George Jung, notorious cocaine smuggler. The movie is based on Bruce Porter’s 1993 book “Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All”.
The movie wasn’t much of a success in the box office, and it received mixed reactions from critics. It’s a true story that quite sobering, although the ending is too romanticized for my taste. Definitely not in the league of Donnie Brasco but still a movie worth a re-watch.
Back to you
What do you think of Johnny Depp’s movie choices? How about this list? Do you think they’re worth watching (again), or do you think they’re crap? Let us know in the comments.
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