Johnny Depp is in the middle of an image crisis. His career has been upended by accusations of domestic abuse, he’s been sacked from his most lucrative gig, and he has an unsettling tendency to come off like Colonel Kurtz in magazine profiles. Honestly, it’s hard to see a way out for him.
But maybe a way out exists. Maybe it’s through the medium of low-budget character studies. This would certainly explain his latest film, The Professor, and its newly released, genuinely baffling trailer. Why is it baffling? Let’s run through it and take a look.
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Ah, OK, that’s why it’s baffling. In The Professor, Johnny Depp plays a human being who looks like Johnny Depp. Not a wizard or a pirate or a mad hatter or a deranged chocolate magnate or a Native American or a vampire or a famous gangster or a man who looks like Johnny Depp but turns out to be a world-famous supercriminal or a man who looks like Johnny Depp but then becomes the literal human manifestation of the internet. He’s just Johnny Depp, A Man. This rarely happens.
Which brings us to the plot of The Professor. In The Professor, Depp plays a man who learns that he only has six months to live and subsequently disregards all of society’s stifling rules. So he still teaches, only now he does it outside while wearing a cool pair of sunglasses. GOODBYE RULES.
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See? If this trailer had a bigger budget, it would almost certainly be soundtracked by Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood. Instead, it is a song that sounds like whatever copyright-free rip-off of Bad to the Bone the Food Network plays whenever Guy Fieri looks at an especially large hamburger. Anyway, I think the message here is GOODBYE RULES.
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