She is Time lead film critic (and the president of New York Film Critics Circle) and she has always been good writing movie stars profiles, centering on their work as actors.
It’s probably not very politically correct but apart of the most important issue of victims, there is a tragedy when a talented and beloved artist destroys others and himself/herself like that. She is on point about Depp. He was a very subtle although eccentric performer early in his career. I remember he was seen as anti Hollywood and anti mainstream. But then the Pirates movies happened and his performances went ballistic and full of tics. The popularity of such an eccentric artist was seen as something positive at the time but it is very clear that the extreme fame and fortune wasn’t something good for him. How is that the Johnny Depp from the 1990s ended like that? It’s very tragic but his career was disappearing even before the accusations.
I have watched Maïwenn‘s Polisse. It’s not good! It maybe won an award at Cannes but it still is not good! Lol It’s just a frenetic 2 hour long Law &Order: Special Victim Unit episode! And probably the American TV show has much more depth! But apparently, Cannes loves her!
By the way, she is on legal troubles, too.
Apparently, she was defending her ex Luc Besson. They married when she was a 15 years old and she got pregnant at 16. Things are very complex.
I didn’t much care for the blatant ageism in the article, implying (somewhat), his fall from grace and weirdification of his acting chops has to do with the loss of his looks. He’s still very handsome and we all age, after all. I thought those were some cheap shots. It’s true his acting career has faded. I loved his movies from his early career but haven’t watched his more recent stuff (by recent I mean since 2000 lol). But she also implied he’s an abuser and the outcome of the court case was anything but that. Amber was found to be the abuser and defamer. So I thought the article brought up some interesting and worthy points, but ultimately didn’t dig very deep and made some judgmental, snide insinuations.
Lots of actors careers fade. They fall out of fashion, ruin themselves with drink or drugs or scandal, or get boring or weird in their choice of roles. Any or all of that might apply to JD but no one really knows. He might have simply gotten fed up with Hollywood and now prefers his own lifestyle and band gigs to acting.
She is also a mature woman so I don’t think the intention was to be ageist against him. She specifically included herself and we all, when she said that “we all age”. And TBH, I actually think she is being kind and discreet when talking about Depp’s physical decay mentioning only natural aging and just linking to the long Rolling Stone piece that goes to much more details about his multiple life excesses. He doesn’t look well! Why to lie?
About the accusations, she actually mentions the results of the American trial which he won. The other article “forgot” it and mentions only the trial he lost against the British press in the UK. I think she was also kind doing that. She mentions that he probably abused others apart of himself. That’s again pretty kind to him (after all he lost a trial against a newspaper calling him “a wife beater”, too) and objective. Not screaming he is an abuser or that he is a victim at all. She mostly centers on his career as actor and how it faded away even beyond the accusations.