Johnny Depp has made some crazy movies in his career. But (almost) none of them can compete with the public trial against Amber Heard. Only “Tusk” actually has a real chance – and it’s available on Netflix.
Between the ex-husbands, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, not only all kinds of dirty laundry are currently being washed in front of the world public, but sometimes even literally shitted laundry. The trial over whether or not Amber Heard was allowed to label her ex Johnny Depp as a wife beater publicly is ongoing – depending on your point of view – grandiosely entertaining real-life satire or an all-round sad affair in which in the end there will probably only be losers on all sides anyway (With the exception of the well-paid defense attorneys, of course).
How can a fictional film keep up? After the sometimes really abstruse stories in court, even Johnny Depp’s most famous role as Captain Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters hardly seems like a mercilessly exaggerated caricature but is suddenly relatively harmless.
But there’s at least one film in Johnny Depp’s career that’s impacted by real-world absurdities – and which will continue to seem as abstruse as ever… and by that we mean, of course, Kevin Smith’s walrus horror grotesque “Tusk”, which is currently available for Netflix subscriptions, but also for Prime Video subscribers -Channels Home of Horror on Amazon. And of course, the film is also available on DVD and Blu-ray:
The plot of “Tusk”: For his podcast, Wallace (Justin Long) meets with aging sailor Howard Howe (Michael Parks), who has a truly incredible story to tell. But then the journalist suddenly faints – and when he wakes up again, his host tells him that he intends to re-operate him piece by piece into a walrus. Meanwhile, former inspector Guy Lapointe (with a mercilessly sleazy French accent: Johnny Depp) takes up the investigation…
Ironically, Johnny Depp is the biggest problem in the film
Of course, as the person responsible for an independent film with a budget of just three million dollars, you don’t say no when a megastar like Johnny Depp offers to play for a symbolic mini fee. But in the case of “Tusk”, “Dogma” director Kevin Smith would actually have done well to turn down the tempting offer: Under the pseudonym Guy Lapointe, the eccentric dork drives as a former police inspector who has been after the walrus serial killer for years, his bizarre scam, which was not only celebrated in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, finally taken to the extreme.
This is quite funny for a short time, but eventually, the celebrity takes over the entire film with his flamboyant, idiosyncratic manner: One gets the impression that Smith just didn’t have the guts to cut out even a scrap of material with his wildly improvising super guest star. It’s a terrible thing because the cool-trashy walrus-versus-walrus finale between Michael Parks and Justin Long almost gets a bit lost next to the long-running dork cameo…