Mortdecai is adapted from ‘The Mortdecai Trilogy’ by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Charlie Mortdecai is an art dealer with some distinctly dubious friends in the London underworld and some great connections to the British upper classes.
The trilogy is a collection of his misadventures. ‘Don’t Point that Thing at Me’ finds Charlie momentarily distracted by a police charge accusing him of stealing a priceless Goya; a nuisance that he overcomes without passing up a single glass of fine wine or plate of foie gras. In ‘After You with a Pistol’ Mortdecai is roped into a marriage with a beautiful Viennese heiress, who is willing to blissfully accompany him on his life of taste and intrigue as long as he can help her with one little errand: assassinate the Queen of England. ‘Something Nasty in the Woodshed’ features Charlie, exiled in London due to his growing unpopularity fueled by the aforementioned shady art deal, taking refuge on the island of Jersey. What begins as a epicurean interlude morphs into a macabre manhunt as Charlie seeks to expose a local rapist.
The movie version stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. ‘Mortdecai’ will be released today in the United States of America. Malaysia cinema-goers get an earlier release date, 22nd of January 2015.
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