I love Johnny Depp as an actor, I really do. I'm lenient towards many of his over the top and repetitive characters because he was my favourite actor when I was younger. His over the top characters, such as Willy Wonka, were what I grew up watching day after day. So I don't mind seeing him do those sort of characters every once in a while, which I will acknowledge as being an unpopular opinion. With Mortdecai, maybe it's time for him to stop. Maybe his caricatures have gone too far, so much so that he's finally landed a role that's as embarrassing as this.
There was never once a moment in this film where I thought "hey, this is actually quite an entertaining scene." There just wasn't. Every line of dialogue, while delivered well by the cast, just didn't feel right. It felt off-putting and out of place, even discussions of the events at hand felt like a mix-match of one liners, none of which seemed to work in the least bit. For the first act, there seemed to be some potential, despite none of the jokes really working, but then this potential fades away and we're left with nothing.
The problem with this scene is in the set up. What usually makes a joke like this memorable is how it's set up. With the scene in Mortdecai, they're not clear in the set-up, resulting in the joke, which could've been funny had we not known Jock was in that room, falling rather flat. This is far from the only example, but it's certainly the one that's easiest to explain. Mortdecai, really, just isn't a good movie at all, but it seems that's always the case when Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany team up.