The story is that of an American journalist who grows tired of life in New York in the late 1950s and accepts a writing job in Puerto Rico for the newspaper there. Soon he is living the life of the 1950s. He meets an attractive American woman and her fiance who is involved in a questionable property development scheme. He eventually finds his writing voice and his integrity...
The Telegraph said, "This is a film about lunacy without the fizz of a lunatic at its heart."
Cinematic Corner said, "...it's still a very entertaining and funny ride. And there is plenty of crazy situations and drunken haze in it."
The Rum Diary is another Depp movie that was highly anticipated and with which I was disappointed. However, my disappointment stemmed from the subject matter of the film, which was grittier than I like and rated R, and not because of Johnny Depp's performance.
Watch the movie trailer here and you will quickly see how gritty this film is.
If you think you might like the movie or you want to check it out anyway, you might also consider reading the book by Hunter S. Thompson. It was written in 1959 but only published more recently in 1998. Amazon says that the story is a high paced and exciting one and the characters are "violent, maniacal and alcoholic." Definitely an interesting look back into the 1950s, Puerto Rico and journalism.
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