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This review is from: The Rum Diary [DVD] (2011) (DVD)
This film is aesthetically beautiful, really! High five to the editors. Set in 1960s Puerto Rico, the film fills you with that summer time feel. The story does not compete necessarily with the book; there are a few plot changes (as with every novel adaptation), but they work and are unlikely to offend you if you're a big Hunter S. Thompson fan. This film is a good way to waste an hour and a half, whereas, I'm sure you'll agree, many films become tedious and other activities soon grab hold of your attention, ie, browsing the fridge. There are funny moments too but I won't spoil this by listing them here.
Chenault - I cannot lie - you just want to be her in parts of this film. However, having been a fan of the book I felt that the screen writer (Bruce Robinson) could have given her character much more depth, although Amber Heard worked well with what she was given. In essence, a character who was some what tragic was turned quite literally into the Hollywood cliché of a pretty girl leaving a rich man for a poor man. Sigh! However, someone has since pointed out to me that novels are intended to make you think and films are meant to be enjoyed, so I can't really complain.
Overall, however, I highly recommend!