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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Matthew Peterson

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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9 Comments

  1. May 10, 2014 at 11:37 am — Reply

    I dunno about best work but film I like the most hes in is The Ninth Gate.

    • May 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm — Reply

      I’d say that counts, since the initial rumination was whether or not his presence is the problem. :)

  2. J_Michael_T
    May 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    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.

  3. Kirby
    May 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Donnie Brasico, is the best for me.

    • Kirby
      May 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm — Reply

      Wait, scratch that, complete and utter brain fart, Raoul Duke from Fear & Loathing.

  4. tumorface
    May 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    He was wonderful in Ed Wood.

  5. May 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    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”.

  6. Daniel Langsdale
    May 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm — Reply

    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.

    -Dan’L

  7. May 12, 2014 at 9:25 am — Reply

    I actually liked the Lone Ranger movie.

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