||[Mar. 26th, 2004|09:44 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
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Because of timing issues (as in, what can I see before 6pm that will be over by 7:30?), I saw Secret Window today after work. And, yeah, it's a StephenKing™ movie. And in some ways, it's every but as lame as that implies. However...
...It happens to star a certain Johnny Depp as Morton Rainey brilliant writer whose wife cuckolded him. And Johnny Depp, single-handedly, saves this movie from being a complete waste of time.
Much as he did in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, he makes his "hysterical-paranoid-person-whose-fears-aren't-so-far-fetched" role interesting. He washes his hands, wakes up to a ringing phone, and subverts his cleaning woman with such nuanced deliveries you really do wonder how Sean Penn won that Oscar. The man is brilliant.
Even when the patented StephenKingSpookyKrap™ starts happening, he's still marvelous. He's the only thing that keeps this movie from being a $10 nap. John Tuturro is as geekily psychotic as ever, but even with the fake Missouri accent (do they even have Jewish people in Missouri?) he's still just John Tuturro playing a bad guy.
This is by no means a "great" movie. It's annoying in almost the exact same way Identity was last year. But it's not awful, and it's amusing in places. Of course, all the amusement is thanks to one Mr. Johnny Depp.