‘Hot Take: The Depp / Heard Trial’ review: Schlock TV movie ‘Rashomon’ !
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“Hot Take: The Depp / Heard Trial” looks like the best of TV movies, with no trace of shame left on the cutting room floor. It is certainly this, however it is worth noting that this exact type has been around for decades. He wasn’t used to getting off the assembly line so quickly. In the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, the landscape was filled with made-for-TV movies that jumped on tabloid-ready stories – The Jacksons! Jim Jones! Menendez brothers! Madam Beverly Hills! *** Richard Beck! – And extract the juice left in them. Hot Take isn’t much different. It feeds on our collective, seemingly limitless, desire to see adequate—but never—good enough actors acting for the scenes we’ve read or heard about, making these filthy episodes come to life. The whole problem with this model, however, is that the theatrical version rarely looks as half-real as it was in our imagination.
The title “Hot Take: The Depp / Heard Trial” makes the movie sound more repetitive than it is. You might think you’re about to see a full version of the experience that we basically saw, as if you were watching Mark Hapka and Megan Davis, who play Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, sitting on the witness stand recounting tales of testimony that somehow became memes before they got out of Depp and Heard’s mouths. It would somehow provide a jerk of revelation that watching the trial did not.
but not. “Hot Take” uses the trial as a sort of framing device—and yes, it goes back to courtroom characters (Sentorian Johnny’s Kentucky-Meet-the-Actors Studio cuteness and Zen’s self-stuttering; Amber’s infamous censorship guard) we’ve all grown to love so much. However, the film will then turn to flashbacks evoked by the testimony excerpt in question. The core of the film is its episodic depiction of Depp/Heard’s romance – crash and burn, a soap opera about bad drugs and even worse summons.
If you think you’ll get a copy – or at least an explanation – of “what really happened”, you’re out of luck. Instead of choosing a side, the film, linked to Johnny and Amber’s contradictory testimony, dramatizes her version of the story…Then…Then…Then Her Story…Then…The True Hollywood Story: The Depp/Heard Trial “acted on the cheap” – said Shlok “Rashomon” with contradictory versions of what happened so intertwined with each other that in the end we don’t know which way to go up. But we’ve seen that most pet moments come alive.
Johnny and Amber meet, all lovable, on the set of The Rum Diaries, sharing a red wine that they drink as if it were Dracula’s blood. Here is Johnny the Witch Amber with his Brando impersonation, stunned by his adorable masculine allure, awakened by her adoring gaze. They’re already getting into little fights over things like Amber’s movie roles (he describes them as “humiliating”). Here, right after their wedding, in the middle of her bachelorette party, there’s a big fight, because Johnny doesn’t like Amber and her friends doing drugs (coming from the mustache that he is, that’s a big part of the hand. Cant) and says she lied to him about a scene The sex you did with Eddie Redmayne. (The way the movie depicts, Johnny is so jealous that he faces the *** scenes as if it were a betrayal.)
More seriously, here Johnny, in a re-enactment of Amber’s testimony, became physically abusive after she made a joke on account of his Winoorever tattoo. And here, in a re-enactment of Johnny’s testimony, is the most tender, and completely unoffendable encounter about that tattoo he described. Here’s Amber on the red carpet with scars on her arm (but are they real?), and here, as the 85-minute movie turns into his climaxed stretch of home, fingertips cut gate and poop gate.
If you were addicted to the trial and watched the whole damn thing (a true confession: I did), then inevitably, over time, you developed a psychological profile of each person, leading you to determine who was lying about what, and to appear with an explanation of where you thought the trial deserved, from Where legal justice. But really, the experiment was a warping lens we all looked at, trying to capture the full picture of the apparent toxic relationship between Depp and Heard. (This tended to result in such subtle gems of sharp analysis as, “Both have been messed with.”) “Hot Take” is like the second distorting lens glued over the first one. not explain. It literally makes yet another blur.
How are the actors? Like Depp, Marc Hapka seems the part (kind of, from certain angles, sometimes), but not really, because how could anyone? Hapka is also a bit neutral in the courtroom episodes — the real Johnny leaned into those low theatrical undertones — but captures, in the romantic scenes, how romantic Johnny was in all, but only on his (non-romantic) terms that are dominant. Megan Davis makes a disguised impersonation of Heard, but to the extent that the trial leads to Heard’s double-death revelations, such as her insisting that she fulfill her pledge to make a $3.5 million donation to the ACLU, the movie doesn’t really allow Davis to show you how that aspect works. from Amber.
The real (bad) joke of “Hot Take” isn’t that it’s the most obscure TV movie ever or anything like that. Quite the opposite: as with the exploit ripped from the headlines, it’s fairly standard. But it’s doing something fairly innovative. It takes the social media circus that surrounded the Depp/Heard experience and works it right into the movie. She maintains sporadic copies of posts from a pro-Amber critic on YouTube, a teenage girl Johnny Depp, and various other commentators and commentators who have turned the trial into not just a catchy theatrical piece but a more Warholian sideshow. XXI century. Its overriding spirit was, “Anyone with an opinion of the Depp/Heard trial will be known for 15 milliseconds.” This is a whole lot of tabloid comments that give people power, and even when “Hot Take” endorses it, it makes this movie just one drop in an ocean of noise.
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