Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - VICKY ROACH

MY love af­fair with Johnny Depp might fi nally be over. I have sup­ported the uber- cool in­sider- out­sider fi nan­cially through half a life­time of ups ( Sleepy Hol­low, Pi­rates of the Caribbean) and downs ( there have been more than one might imag­ine, but the sickly sweet Cho­co­lat and the clock­watch­ing Nick of Time stand out). On the ba­sis that Depp can get away with any­thing, I even turned a blind eye to his sar­to­rial “ec­cen­tric­i­ties” on the red car­pet.

The ac­tor’s lat­est project, how­ever, has tested our re­la­tion­ship to break­ing point.

Af­ter sit­ting through Tran­scen­dence – a fi lm that leaves be­hind not only the phys­i­cal realm but also cuts its ties with other earthly con­cerns such as good taste and com­mon sense – it’s hard to see any way for­ward.

Only an in­ter­ven­tion by long- time col­lab­o­ra­tor Tim Bur­ton, him­self show­ing signs of cre­ative wear- and- tear, could res­cue the sit­u­a­tion.

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