Thursday, May 30, 2024

Johnny Depp Is Back, Kind of, After Tabloid Divorce Scandals, In Low Budget Indie Film “Minimata”


Johnny Depp is back. Kind of.

At long last, Depp’s much delayed film, “Minimata,” has been released to 27 cities, in about one theater per city.

“Minimata,” is a low budget indie film distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Directed by Andrew Levitas, it tells the story of real life photojournalist W. Eugene Smith who exposed the devastating impact of mercury poisoning on coastal communities in 1970s Japan.

On Rotten Tomatoes, “Minimata” has a grudging 75% from 28 reviewers. It has not been screened widely.

Depp has been locked in a years long tabloid divorce from his most recent wife, Amber Heard. They’ve had a public trial in London, and lawsuits have gone back and forth over fidelity and finances. No matter who’s at fault, Depp’s career is the one that’s suffered. He also hasn’t made a decent movie in years.

Will “Minimata” make a difference? With a small release, it’s unlikely, unless Goldwyn sends out links to more reviewers. It feels like it will go to VOD in short order.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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