Ahoy, squirts! Quint here.
Is Johnny Depp overexposed? Yep. Is it a bad idea to try to recapture the lightning in a bottle perfectness of the original Thin Man series? Absolutely. With all that true, why am I curious about this one? I don't hate the idea of Rob Marshall directing or Depp playing Nick Charles, which I'm finding a little shocking to find out about myself.
I thought for sure I'd hate the very concept of touching this series, which is a tough shell to crack for any filmmaker or star. Nick and Nora Charles were the perfect sleuthing couple, one of the very best husband/wife teams in the history of cinema, but so much of what made that work was the time period of the stories... the '30s and '40s elite social circles were so much classier and interesting than a bunch of mega rich guys in mansions playing with oil stocks and shit.
Also there was a crazy chemistry between the absolutely adorable Myrna Loy and William Powell that cemented the relationship. This is a husband/wife team that get each other, love the other for their strengths and worship the other for their weaknesses.
Funny, touching, but not cloying or pandering... That's tough. With Johnny Depp playing Nick we know we have an actor that can bring real depth and emotion to the character as well as handle the broader comedy, but the real clincher is going to be in who they cast as Nora. Rachel Weisz jumps to mind, but who knows where they'll end up going.
If anything, use this remake as an excuse to see the original Thin Man films... you won't be disappointed.