Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Johnny Depp in Dreadful, “Misguided” London Fields– Finally Released After 3 Years– Has a ZERO with Critics


Today, at last, comes “London Fields.” It has a zero on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve watched it, or tried to– it’s unwatchable. Incoherent.

Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard met just before making this movie, Matthew Cullen’s adaptation of Martin Amis’s bestseller. Cullen and his financiers had such a row over how bad the movie was, they sued each other. Cullen said he had final cut. The film was pulled at the last minute from the 2015 Toronto Film Festival– that’s right, three years ago.

Then the producers also sued Heard. A settlement was reached in September.

I met Matthew Cullen at last winter’s Spirit Awards. (He was nice enough to let me sit with him when Film Independent said they had no seats in their tent. They’ve since blackballed me for finding my own seat.) He told me some of the story. But last March was a long time ago, and it seemed like “London Fields” would never be released.

Alas, now it has, only to be reviled by critics. It’s being released by tiny GVN Films.

For Depp, who’s about to appear in the second “Fantastic Beasts” movie, it’s yet another bomb. He has enough for a munitions factory. And to add insult to injury. it seems like Disney is rebooting the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with a new cast. Depp’s days as Jack Sparrow are over.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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