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‘really well written babble’ ★★★ Review of The Counselor (2013)
March 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
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The Counselor
Crime/Drama/Thriller, Rated MA15+, 117 Minutes.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem.
Available for mobile cinema screenings from 19 March – Outdoor from 19 May 2014.

A Texas lawyer looking to score big in a cocaine deal originating in Mexico gets in way over his head when a dead courier turns out to be the son of one of his clients.

Cormac McCarthy has had his novels adapted for the screen a few times now with the Coen Brothers ‘No Country for Old Men’ and Australian Director John Hillcoat’s version of ‘The Road’. His latest screen outing is his first original screenplay and is directed by no less than Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and features a star studded cast. This should have been the film of the year, but somehow it misses the mark with overlong drawn out scenes and a simple plot that’s buried beneath the characters constant babble, really well written babble, but babble non the less. Possibly because McCarthy was still writing a book, he was just doing it in script format. The film looks amazing, and has great performances from all the cast but just fails to engage you. It’s bad and really really bad people doing terrible things and you know from the start it’s not going to work out well for anyone. Unlike with ‘No Country’ a film that was also really dark ‘The Counselor’ fails to even have the jet black sense of humor of the Coens to lift it up momentarily out of the depravity that unfolds. In the end I think it turns out to be a blip on the Ridley Scott radar and unfortunately the same for McCarthy.

Review out of five stars: ★★★ Stars

Review by Andy Marshall – to find me on Letterboxd click HERE

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