The Rum Diary
- Genre: Drama
- Director: Bruce Robinson
- Stars: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart
- Rate: ***
On paper, the Rum Diary sounds like a can’t-miss film: Johnny Depp taking on another semi-autobiographical Hunter S. Thompson character, with counterculture director Bruce Robinson coming out of a long and happy retirement to bring it to life. Unfortunately, there wasn’t an equally impressive editor on board to keep the two in line as they pay tribute to the late Thompson. Based on a manuscript left hidden in the author’s attic until he and Depp found it and decided to publish it, the Rum Diary is a bit all over the place and unpolished as a book. And it appears a reverence for Thompson kept the filmmakers from addressing those problems in the transition to the screen.