The film comes courtesy of director Florian Henckel von Dommersmarck, writer and director of the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film winner The Lives of Others. He easily could have continued down that ultra-serious road with his next film but hats off to him for taking such an abrupt 180 turn and making something as light as this. At least he's flexed his glossy, sleek, star-studded muscles.
In the end, though, The Tourist is certainly not the worst film in the world or even the worst either Jolie or Depp have ever done (contrary to some other, harsher, reviews out there). It's enjoyable enough, throwaway entertainment that ticks enough of the right boxes to equal a decent times at the movies. But look past the surface, even taking a little peek, and the faults start to show. Maybe it's best not to.