Monday, 6 June 2011

Johnny's Depth

I know this post will be especially delightful to our female and fun-loving brother to brother followings...I've compiled a list of Johnny Depp's  top ten films to date. This is entirely a matter of opinion so all comments and views otherwise are most welcome.

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Number 10: Ed Wood (1994)
Johnny portrays director Wood himself in a film working with great friend and business partner, Tim Burton. The film itself is kitsch, cheesy and intentional which made it such a success back in the nineties. It's set along the directorship of a typical Ed Wood movie such as the black and white cinematography feel, concurrent dialogue etc but sadly for Wood, Depp is about the best thing that happened to him in the world of film (he's been dubbed as the worst film director of all time!)

Number 9: Don Juan DeMarco (1994)
This film didn't really get any juices flowing in terms of number one spots for me but who better to be cast as The World's Greatest Lover than Depp himself? With his naturally intense allure, high-cheek bones and mysterious demeanor, this film left many a heart a-fluttering and many singletons sleeping better at night.

Number 8: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
A twisted spiral to the 1971 original, Depp once again leaves his fans applauding to a rather sinister adaptation. As is Tim Burton's eerie flair, the film portrayed Mr Wonka as a sweet connoisseur one wouldn't like to run into on a dark night. Depp looks years younger thanks to the brilliant costume design and make-up departments but I rather prefer his rugged look myself...

Number 7: Alice In Wonderland (2010)
The Mad Hatter should have been fitted with the name The Sad Hatter in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's book. I found Depp lacked his usual allies wit and ingenuity and whilst I wouldn't mind watching the film again (and again) it was a let-down considering the talent involved.

Number 6: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This is definitely a film worth watching if you're any of the next three: 1, a fan of dark films. 2, a fan of musicals. 3, a cannibal.
Yes yes yes we meet yet again with duo Depp and Burton in this murderous movie most musical, grim and vengeful. If you want to hear Depp's soprano voice, this is the first and only choice you need out if you're a pie lover though...don't say I didn't warn you...

Number 5: Finding Neverland (2004)
Depp portrays a man  (Sir J.M. Barrie) who never wants to grow up and writes a story about a boy (Peter Pan) who never does. Barrie, a playwright finds inspiration in the children of friend Syria and begins his journey to claiming the childhood he arguably didn't have. Depp is naive, yet eloquent and innocent and it's this role that shows the world he really does have it all when it comes to acting ability. Then again, perhaps he isn't acting after never quite knows with him...

Number 4: Secret Window (2004)
If there's ever a film to keep for a rainy night, it's this one. A brilliant adaptation to novelist Stephen King's dark work of the name Secret Window, Secret Garden, Depp takes on the role of a writer who's life is in a rut after catching his wife cheating on him. As if things couldn't get worse, he is accused of plagiarism by a fellow writer and consequently stalked to a grim build up of events. This is Depp at his lowest (in character form that is.)

Number 3: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Hunter S. Thompson was arguably one of the greatest don't-give-a-shit-about-rules-march-to-my-own-drum-journalists of all time and Depp's acid-spun, off the rails portrayal does the late writer the rebellious justice he so short-lived.

Number 2: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
One can only feel sympathy for Depp in this role of Edward, an artificially created boy who has everything he needs to start living except that is, you guessed it, hands. Depp left me in awe with his broad range of emotions in this film, not to mention what a good gardener he'd make!

Number 1: Pirates of The Caribbean (1 through 4)
Need I say more??

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