Five reasons why I’d see The Tourist on opening night!

Now, for most people, the main draw of this movie would be the two super famous celebrities featured in every piece of marketing for this movie. The studios are obviously relying on the actors’ bankable quality and star power to put butts on seats, that having only their gorgeous mugs on the movie posters would suffice. I don’t blame ’em I suppose, how else would you sell a movie with Johnny Depp AND Angelina Jolie?

But to me, they’re not even on the list of why this movie was on my radar in the first place. I’ve never gone to see a movie because either one of them is in it. But those who actually matter to me aren’t even featured in the trailer! I was beginning to worry that maybe their part is sooo teeny tiny it’ll be a blink-and-you-miss-it type of cameo. But then some photos have surfaced on IMDb that got me pumped again to see this flick. So anyways, let’s get to those five reasons, shall we?

1. TIMOTHY DALTON as Chief Inspector Jones
Obviously no explanation necessary if you’ve been a regular on this blog ๐Ÿ˜€ Believe it or not, there is only ONE movie of Dalton I saw in the theater and that was Hot Fuzz. I was pretty young when his Bond flicks came out and at the time I didn’t go to the movies as often. So any chance I can get to see him on the big screen, I’m SO THERE!!

Added 12/7 โ€“
View Dalton’s interview below about Depp & Jolie and the movie’s plot:

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as The Englishman

I actually think it’s criminal to use such a talent like Rufus and not make the most of him! So I hope the fact that his character doesn’t even have a name won’t mean that it’s an insignificant role and that he’s got at least some adequate screen time, which probably won’t be enough for his fans anyway ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Speaking of criminal, judging from the photo below, looks like he just might be playing a villain in the movie. Oh, juicy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and thanks to my pal Prairiegirl for the tip, here’s an interview snippet with Mr. Sewell talking about the director and that he thinks The Tourist has Hitchcock-ian quality similar to North by Northwest:

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3. German Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
I’m not familiar with Donnersmarck‘s work as I have not seen The Lives of Others. But that dramatic thriller won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the director also won a slew of award in 2008, including a BAFTA.ย With that in mind, I’m hoping there’ll be some substance in this one beneath all the slickness. It doesn’t hurt that the co-writers of the script are Julian Fellowes and Christopher McQuarrie, both have written some excellent work in the past, such as Gosford Park and The Usual Suspects, respectively.

Florian and Angelina on the set in Venice

4. The gorgeous locations: PARIS! VENICE!

In some movies, the setting almost becomes the ‘star’ of the film itself and with a name like The Tourist, it should be expected, right? If all else fails, the movie is guaranteed to get you itching to go to these European cities. Venice always looks spectacular on film with those colorful paintedย houses along the canal… and I’ve always wanted to sip a cup of coffee in those street cafes in Paris and ride the Metro.

5. It looks like a great escape right smack dab in the middle of Winter!

Growing up watching Bond flicks, I’m always up for watching various type of chases on film. And The Tourist is likely to offer plenty of that… on a boat, on a train, on foot… with gorgeous backdrop to match the gorgeous people who surely will manage to retain their glamor and charm through all thoseย cat and mouse game. Depp in his goofy mode seems to get the befuddled look down pat and Angie can do full seductive mode practically in her sleep, it’ll be interesting just to watch these two play off each other. So when it’s 20 below outside come December 10, I can at least live vicariously through these beautiful people ๐Ÿ˜€


Well folks, are you excited for this movie? I’m also curious, which under-appreciated actor(s) always get you to see a movie even if their part is minimal?

50 thoughts on “Five reasons why I’d see The Tourist on opening night!

  1. Excellent reasons, all. I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before, but you’ve seen the camp-tastic 80s Flash Gordon before, right? Hottest Dalton has ever looked, IMO. Plus the movie itself is hysterically awesome in its ridiculousness. One of my guilty faves!! If you haven’t seen it, I recommend doing so ASAP!

    As for me, I have to admit it looks like a fun flick, even though I’m still confused by the necessity of Depp (beyond the reasons you mention). I’d like to maybe see it in the theater, but I’ll at least get ’round to it on DVD, if nothing else. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh you are a woman after my own heart! You bet I’ve seen Flash Gordon… and what girl doesn’t love Prince Barin!!!! He even looks sexy sporting a mustache and I HATE guys with mustache!

      Yeah I know you’re not a big Depp fan but he looks like a goofball here, and not as bizarre looking as he usually is. In any case, there are plenty of other reasons for me to see it obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. PrairieGirl

    Am right there with you on all five! Rufus himself said it was a “small, but significant” part, and I can’t help but think even though it looks like they’ve nabbed him in the pic, there’s more than meets the eye and he may just be not a bad guy after all. And now only a week away!

    Look’s like I might need to put Dalton’s Flash Gordon in my queue?

      1. PrairieGirl

        Oh yes, Ruf in the cozy-looking cardigan, will be interesting to see if we spot it in the film. And then seeing him suggest TT is in the same vein as North by Northwest makes it ever so more intriguing!

        1. Did he suggest this one is like NbN? Interesting, Vince said that too when he saw the trailer (I mentioned that in the trailer post if you remember).

  3. I don’t know. The trailer is pretty mediocre, and makes this movie look like some cliched spy thriller. I do hope Sewell has more than 45 seconds of screen-time. “The Englishman” almost sounds like “Hotel Valet” or “Tourist with yellow shirt” ahaha

    1. Yeah it is, but then again I was too busy looking for Tim and Rufus ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well for sure we know he’s not a hotel valet and no yellow shirt to be found in any of the stills of him from the movie, ha..ha.. but yeah, hopefully waaay more than 45 seconds! It’s fair for you to think it’s a cliched spy thriller from the trailer, but with this director, there are reasons to hope it’ll be more than that.

  4. Ted S.

    I’ll probably check it out too, mainly because I like the director and seeing Johnny Depp in a “normal” role will kind of strange. I couldn’t remember the last time Depp played a normal character.

    As for the director, I thought the Bond producers should’ve went after him after The Lives of Others became popular, it’s a great film, you have to check it out. I think had he directed Quantum of Solace, it would’ve been a great Bond flick, even though I like the film quite a bit the way it is. Who knows if The Tourist is big hit, he might get his chance at doing a Bond flick unless the producers decided to go after Nolan then I don’t have a problem with that.

    1. Yeah, as normal as Depp gets. I like his goofball side, too.

      Oh he’d make a good Bond director I should think… yeah, if it’s successful, it’s very possible he’d be considered. But Nolan doing a Bond flick would be killer! We all know he loves that franchise and Inception has quite a bit of Bond sensibilities in it.

  5. I will probably end yp seeing this on dvd. If the movie does have problems, i’m guessing the acting won’t be one of them

    Oh, and in Lost Boys: Thirst i looked up one of the actors on imdb, and he seriously has no other film credit. But i am on the lookout for anything he might do in the future. And as you already know Deborah is one actress who can at the very least make me aware of a movie that i otherwise might not catch(Like the “Someday this pain will be useful” movie i mentioned in my blog)

    1. Selling out? He is allowed to work with someone other than Tim Burton, y’know ๐Ÿ™‚ No matter, he’s not the main reason I’m seeing the movie.

  6. I honestly hadn’t realized that Sewell and Dalton were both in this film. Wasn’t even paying attention! But I have recently become even more of a fan of Sewell’s having finished up The Pillars of the Earth Season1.

    I wasn’t too sure about this film, but you have given me new hope in 5 different ways!!! Thanks for putting me on track here with this one!! Nice post, as always!

    p.s. I’m digging the snow feature you got going on! Like it!

    1. PrairieGirl

      Hey Sp1der, very glad to see you were impressed by Ruf in POTE. I get to finally see the first episodes next week.

      1. @ Scarlet โ€“ Well my hope for this post is that there are other people besides Depp & Jolie who are just as worth watching โ€” if not more โ€” in this film!

        Glad that you like POTE. Rufus is awesome in it, I’ve only seen the first part so far but looking forward for the rest of it.

        @ Becky, you’re in for a treat with POTE! Rufus is really one of the best things in this and he’s got quite a prominent role, too.

      2. Hi PrarieGirl! I did enjoy his performance very much. I hope you do too. It’s sad that there is only 8 episodes in the first season! I can’t wait for more. Plus..I got hooked on Ian McShane’s acting since the brief tv series entitled Kings! Enjoy POTE!!!

        1. Hey T, I missed the show Kings but I did see the pilot for that. Yes, Ian McShane is a great thespian indeed, I wonder what happened to Kings, as the young guy in the lead role was pretty good as well (I think he’s Australian).

          1. Kings got dropped by NBC mid-season. But they opted to let the season end. You can actually purchase the series on dvd now. I did. Great show. quite underrated.

            I just finished watching The Next Three Days! Enjoyed it! Thanks for the recommendation!

            *btw, I love the gravatar pic! Nice shades! ๐Ÿ™‚

            1. Hmmm, I don’t know if I’ll have time to watch that. I’ve only managed to write Part 1 of Pillars ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

              Glad you enjoyed TNTD! It’s not a ‘flashy’ or slick movie but really well-done I think.

              Thanks for the compliment, I got tired of seeing the old one ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. That I am, Ruth, that I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        By the way, would you mind changing my URL in your blogroll. I’ve got a new site now at . Trying to get all my traffic to go there now. It’s a bit of a nightmare.

        Love the snow effect on your blog! Festive fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. Will do Richard. Wow, new site huh? I love your masthead, boy you do love zombies ๐Ÿ˜€

          Thanks for the compliment, that’s one of my fave WordPress feature. I wish they’d let it on longer but it’ll expire on January 2 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

            1. Ahahaha… wouldn’t that be nice, Becky. I’d even settle for it expiring on February 2!! Alas, we’ll have 4 more months of this lovely weather ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. I reckon they should remove all of Depp’s and Jolie’s scenes, leaving only Dalton and Sewell – Who needs the former two, when you’ve got two acting legends. I hope their inclusion in the film is a sign of what is to come in 2011 – Real actors, rather than the rubbish that was churned out for 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! Best comment I’ve heard so far… thank you, Rรณisรญn! I’d be ten times more excited if Sewell had been in Depp’s role and Dalton in Berkoff’s role! I hope that it is indeed a sign of great things to come as you mention… fingers crossed!

      1. Imagine how brilliant it would be if someone like Bette Davis was in Jolie’s role…I’d never leave the cinema if I had been born in an era with films like All About Eve on first release!

  8. Just like you, I want to see it not because of the main cast, especially Jolie, never been a fan of her. I do want to see Depp…but the one I really want to see is Paul Bettany.
    I’ve been a fan eversince I saw him potraying Silas in a perfect way.

    1. Well, looks like this movie has something for everyone indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure lots of people would list Bettany in their top 5 reasons to see this movie.

  9. As a Dalton fan I’m guessing you saw him in THE LION IN WINTER? It’s a Hepburn/O’Toole showcase but it’s kind of nice watching him when he was just starting out (and Anthony Hopkins too). He still had the charisma way back in 68.

    1. Oh yes I have indeed, Andrew. Sooo many great thespians in that one, both the legends and legends in the making. Yes he does have charisma at such a young age (which he also displayed in Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff), though Dalton is like fine wine… he gets better with age!

      1. @rtm This has nothing to do with Dalton, but I shall ask you anyway – Have you ever seen the most recent BBC version of Jane Eyre with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson? ๐Ÿ˜€ If you have, I’d love to know what you think of it!

        The trailer for the 2011 version is out now. I think a new version of Wuthering Heights is due to be released next year too. There was a new version of the series about a year or so ago, but it wasn’t half as good as the new Jane Eyre.

        The End. ;D

        1. Well it actually has something to do with Dalton as the minute someone says Jane Eyre, I immediately think of how much I love Dalton’s Rochester ๐Ÿ˜€

          To answer your question Roisin, yes I have seen that version. But as you probably can guess, I don’t love it. It takes too much liberty from the book for one, and perhaps because I’m so partial to the way Dalton portray Rochester that I found Stephens portrayal rather jarring and the whole adaptation too oversexed for my liking.

          Btw, since we’re on that topic, I blogged extensively about Bronte’s adaptations a while back: I’m curious to know what you think about some my suggestions for Rochester and Heathcliff ๐Ÿ˜€

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