I was fascinated this week to read an analysis of ‘The Lone Ranger’ which discussed whether or not its failure was entirely due to the presence of Johnny Depp in a key role.  The basic premise was simple: Johnny Depp is best taken in small doses, and when he’s the focus of the story, as in ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’, audiences are cold, whereas his similar turn in ‘Alice In Wonderland’ was better received.  It’s an interesting theory, but for my part, Depp is usually more palatable with his frequent collaborator Tim Burton, and then only about 3 movies out of 5, leading to today’s (hopefully not TOO mean-spirited) query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will probably always and forever vote for ‘Edward Scissorhands’ as JD’s crowning glory, asking: What role do YOU feel is Johnny Depp’s best work?


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  1. J_Michael_T on

    I think his characterization of the pirate in ‘PotC’ may be his work from the perspective of how well it fits the character. he really made it his own and it works very well.

  2. It might not be his best work, but my favorite movies that he has appeared in were “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and “Corpse Bride”.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    I quite enjoyed Chocolat, but even more I’ll say his best (of what I’ve seen) is Finding Neverland.

    re: the initial conceit about The Lone Ranger, I’ll say that my reason for not purchasing a ticket had a lot to do with Johnny Depp in that particular key role; it should have gone to a First Nations actor. If Depp was in the title role, I’d have been there to plunk my pennies down.


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