Friday, October 25, 2013

The Counselor


It doesn't matter how many movies I see, I still have no idea if a film will be any good before I see it.  Who would think that a film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt could be anything but spectacular?  And yet it isn't at all.  Not even close.

Fassbender plays the titular counselor.  (We don't even know if he has a name, as he's only referred to as counselor.)  But he practices more than just law.  Unfortunately for him he gets involved with drug trafficking, and of course problems ensue.  This one seems to have it all: The director, the writer, the cast, and an air of coolness throughout.  So much so that it's hard to convince yourself throughout the first hour that it isn't good at all.  But that's the thing about the script.  If the script isn't good, nothing's good.  I can say that the second half is better than the first, so if you do find yourself in the theater don't leave halfway through.  But I recommend skipping it altogether.  This is one of the biggest disappointments of the year.

Grade: C

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