“The Tourist”is Angelina Jolie as her most ravishing self. Using Sophia Loren as her template, Jolie figuratively and literally maneuvered in this film like an alluring classic leading lady who could upstage even the city of Venice. In order to fully enjoy this light action comedy, you have to suspend your disbelief. And if you have the ever luminescent Angelina Jolie gracing most of the scenes, suspension of disbelief is as easy as blinking your eyes. That is, of course, if you can manage to blink and risk missing Jolie’s powerful visual presence in this film. There’s not a single unsightly shot of Jolie here. All camera angles captured Jolie’s effortless glamour. Even under the most unflattering light, Jolie still looked a thousand times more enticing than all of us put together. She looked so good that some people, I suspect, would be happy just to approximate her disheveled hairdo. Kudos for the Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood for cladding Jolie with the most fantabulous outfits that can make any self-absorbed supermodel look like plain provincial girls.
Jolie moved in this film so fluidly that it seemed like the entire movie was her catwalk. But what separates Jolie from other beautiful statuesque leading ladies is that she can indeed act, if necessary; point in case, her inspired performance in Clint Eastwood’s “The Changeling.” However, I think Jolie realized how paper thin the script was and so supplemented it with her charisma and took advantage of her unexplainable hook on her audience. Every boring scene was augmented by her strut, her pout and her stance. Look at the way she stood by the window in one of the scenes. Her right leg slightly pushed backward, a model’s pose indeed.
The film worked because (I guess) director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) and Jolie knew that the best way to distract the audience and diffuse Johnny Depp was to focus on Jolie’s ravishing presence. You will understand what I mean when you watch the movie. Hats off also to Johnny Depp for underplaying and downplaying his persona to keep up with the film’s delicious deceit. Although, having had a perm myself, Johnny’s luscious locks mesmerized me as well. (But I think that's just me.)
Bottom line, “The Tourist” isn’t a milestone in film making, but it is one of those guilty trips. Y’know, like buying yourself a beautiful expensive hat; gratuitous it may be but you know that only you can pull it off while others are simply too shy to try. If you are an Angelina Jolie or a Johnny Depp fan, go watch this film. But if you are one of those suffering from low self-esteem, better stay as far away from this movie as possible. If you think you are equallyfantabulous like Johnny and Jolie, no matter what others say, by all means, watch “The Tourist.” It may well be the affirmation that you, Jolie and Johnny are simply way too fantabulous to be bothered with a believable screenplay. Personally, I like this movie; therefore, I must be fantabulous as well. I thank mom and dad for blessing me with lips that can pout people to oblivion, if necessary of course.
2 glasses of martini for the film
Colleen Atwood won two Oscars for Best Costume Design for “Chicago” in 2002 and “Memoirs of a Geisha” in 2005.
German Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck won the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film for “The Lives of Others”
3 glasses of martini for Colleen Atwood's costume design