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FANTASTIC TROUSERS SIR,
This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (DVD)
I can really sympathise with some irate viewers here who have cracked open the beers,popped the popcorn only to be met with scenes such as gangsters delivering a ridiculously pretentious monologue concerning the existential crisis loss presents.
What we have once again is a case of cheeky marketing.....the trailer gives the impression of a bullet dodging heist movie littered with an A list cast and what you actually get in all intents and purposes is an arthouse movie kitted out in a glitzy,gaudy Hollywood wardrobe.
The Counsellor features some of the most unbelievably clunky,meandering dialogue committed to screen.....ponderous guff that is neither profound or really in context.I imagine it's tying the carnal to illicit and the such.
I love good dialogue in movies but NOT when it's being dictated to me in massive chunks that not only ram the point home like a hammer attack but leave you wondering why on Earth is this character saying this in relation to what he's doing?
At one eye wincing point Cameron Diaz[me thinks miscast big time]turns to Badem slints her eyes in what I suspect is intended as a sultry sinister look and breathlessly exclaims...."THE TRUTH HAS NO TEMPERATURE".
A truly fantastic line for all the wrong reasons.
However.....there is something oddly hypnotic about this truly eccentric Hollywood offering.....I felt as if I wanted to watch it immediately after the first viewing.Badem is really charismatic and I really dig the way he seems to be one of those old school actors who dress for a part.
I may try the barnet he is sporting.
You got Brad Pitt doing his wiggly idiosyncratic character stuff,Penelope Cruz just fluttering her it has to be said beautiful eyelashes and Fassbender a man in pursuit of a character[doing it brilliantly of course].
The look of the film is really awesome.....and bizarre....a sartorical mash up of Miami Vice and Dynasty.
But it has to be stressed then stressed again this is NO No Country For OldMen.
There is not really a massive character arc/narrative...Fassbender does some deal.Goes wrong.In a spot of trouble.
I should make it clear I am a massive admirer of Sir Ridley Scott......I don't think I can quite say anything he has done is "bad".
But the film maker he is today is obviously a different beast to the uncompromising genius who gave us Alien and Blade Runner.
Now he is far more a technician of film.The Counsellor looks spanking.
I have massive admiration for Sir Ridley the dude is approaching eighty and he is still making big budget features[Exodus is due this year]It goes without saying film making is Scott's passion.
He simply doesn't get enough respect when you consider the heaps of praise lashed onto a Scorsese or Coppola yet he has directed at least a classic a decade and is one of the few directors out there who makes films that aren't computer game tie ins or old rehashed tv franchises.People seem harshly critical.One thing that can be said of Scott is he does have the tendency to make movies that are ahead of the time and audience.
Read some of the original Blade Runner reviews and weep with acute embarrassment.
I have the feeling if this was a foreign movie with unknown cast/subtitles it would be hailed a classic by sight and sound subscribing film boffs.
I think it is worth noting that Ridley's brother [another awesome director]Tony committed suicide during the making of this movie.
If you are expecting an Ocean 11 caper this film will be a severe disappointment.
If you are a fan of Scott and fancy something a little divisive,frustrating see The Counsellor.
If anything it's worth the entrance price just to see Diaz's erotic escapades combined with a skin crawling Badem speech concerning claw fish.
Guilty pleasure indeed.....wheres the V05 hair gel and ray bans?