There is not a cliche missing from this movie, which is really more comedy than thriller, but it still had me smiling most of the way through. Depp is great in a less showy performance than Pirates of the Caribbean
, but just as finely calibrated. I've always liked Depp, even if I wouldn't see a film based solely on the fact that he was in it, but I now love him when he's funny. Hell, after this, I may even rent Chocolat
. Secret Window
, written and directed by David Koepp from a story by Stephen King, tells the story of a mystery writer (yes, he lives in a secluded cabin on a lake; yes, he's an alcoholic; yes, he has an ex-wife; yes, he has writer's block; yes, he has a doomed pet), stalked by John Turturro, who delivers his lines with much less finesse than Depp. The big surprise comes as no surprise, but that's not really the point. The point is to poke fun at familiar mystery conventions -- particularly those used by King. It's not a broad parody like Scary Movie
(which is really not my taste in comedies); it relies on wry dialogue and quirky details. It won't make you laugh out loud, but there's nothing wrong with smiling. It's not a great movie and it could have used a couple of real surprises, but it was head and shoulders above Swimming Pool
. All in all, a reasonably entertaining couple of hours.