With an opening sequence channeling The Hangover déjà vu, The Rum Diary is a story about journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp), who arrived in Puerto Rico to write for a failing newspaper, under the paranoid direction of leader Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Initially stuck writing the horoscope column, Paul immediately befriends his peer Sala (Michael Rispoli) and eventually moves into Sala’s dump of an apartment with lunatic co-worker Moburg (Giovanni Ribisi), who spends his days reconfirming his status as an employee while making homemade booze, using the Bacardi rum distillery’s leftover charcoal filters.
When Paul is solicited by Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), the only guy at the paper who looks like he’s enjoying life and doing well for himself, he quickly falls for his girlfriend/fiancé Chenault (Amber Heard) and skeptically listens to Sanderson’s business proposal, all the while thinking it too good to be true. While he certainly lives it up in Old San Juan, drinking rum and beer to excess, he see things are not quite living up to the ‘travel agency brochure’ picture Sanderson is painting.
Although the premise of this film (based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name) should make for an entertaining cinematic experience, The Rum Diary left much to be desired. Although Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins played very funny characters, overall this bunch was pretty one-dimensional and blah. The story had more lows than highs, and the ending was anticlimactic to boot.
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To enjoy one of rum’s most classic cocktails, the mojito, look no further than Denver’s own Cuba Cuba restaurant, using Bacardi Limon, fresh mint, simple syrup, limes, and club soda. It’ll make you feel like you’re in Puerto Rico, despite the white stuff Mother Nature dropped on our doorsteps this week.
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