Johnny Depp, Paul Reubens,
Roy Liotta, Rachel Griffiths
Directed by: Ted
recommended - 5 Beans Out of 5
always been a big fan of Johnny Depp. He's just one
of those guys I've always thought was pretty cool. His
latest movie, Blow, is confirmation of Depp's coolness.
I don't know how many movies I've seen where I could
say, "Man, I empathize with this poor guy", especially
when he happens to be a major drug trafficker.
Blow traces the true-life story of George Jung, a marijuana
and cocaine dealer during the 60's and 70's. Depp's
Jung is a tragic character and about twenty minutes
into the film you find yourself sucked into his sad
life. I have difficulty accepting the fact that the
end of the movie saw me crying like a baby over a convicted
drug dealer, but I have to say, the criminal element
aside, Jung's story is beset with betrayal and tragedy.
He becomes more human as the film progresses and credit
goes to both Depp and director Ted Demme (whose credits
include The Ref and Beautiful Girls) for managing to
tie big chunks of emotional concrete to a story that,
in reality, should have us all screaming with sarcasm,
"Aww, let's all feel sorry for the poor, millionaire
Backed by a powerful cast including Roy Liotta, Rachel
Griffiths and Pee Wee – sorry, I mean Paul Reubens,
Blow stands as the first Oscar nominee pick for 2001,
and I hope Depp gets a best actor nod at least.