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Big Name Actors, Terrible Film (Spoiler Alert),
This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (DVD)
The Counsellor is a film with one aim, to win as many Oscars as it can. The only problem with this overly ambitious aim? It isn't any good despite the A-List director and all-star cast. The main problem of this film can be summed up in one word, boring, because that's exactly what this film is.
At 117 minutes long this film felt like it was 3 hours long film. To be honest I hadn't a clue what the plot was about before seeing this film and I still only have a vague idea. It seems the counsellor as everyone calls him including his girlfriend is getting involved in a drug deal with Javier Bardem and gets the money from Brad Pitt. In a completely separate incident, someone steals a shipment of drugs from The Cartel. The Cartel believes that it was the counsellor as he made a phone call to get the son of his court appointed client out of prison. The end.
Michael Fassbender does some excellent acting as the Counsellor and if the sole reason I went to see films were the acting then I would highly recommend this. Javier Bardems hair is brilliant, I like the style as the fact that he had two cheetahs, always was partying and had loads of nice cars didn't really drive home to me the fact that this guy lives carefree and dangerously. Brad Pitt is also great as the guy who at the start of the film tells the counsellor not to write stuff down but after one night with a beautiful woman gives over all his bank account details.
Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz have little to do. Although, Cameron Diaz does at one point in the film go to church.
Also, this film contains some of the most pointless cameos ever; the cameos are so pointless that I think the actors have just been given small roles. In hindsight, I don't think they were cameos. Anyway, look out for Breaking Bad's Hank Schrader and ER's Dr. Luka Kovac.
Overall, The Counsellor is one of those boring pretentious films you always see around Oscar season only when the Oscars do come around this film is unlikely to be nominated in anyway as it is overly boring with a story that doesn't engage at all. In the end you simply don't care what happens to any of the characters.
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Initial post: 27 Nov 2013, 20:20:46 GMT
L. J. Tivey says:
Couldn't agree more. Walked away disappointed and felt cheated, especially with how expensive the cinema is these days.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2013, 11:28:35 GMT
You expected more considering how good the cast was; Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt are badly underused.
Posted on 25 Dec 2013, 17:01:10 GMT
Luke L says:
One star from somebody who called The Family a masterpiece, are we supposed to take your review seriously when i see you recent reviews and any film with Mark Wahlberg is a great film or anything action or comedy related, This film on acting performances is worth watching alone every actor was brilliant apart from Diaz who isn't in the same league as the other actors but i can see why she was cast, since your preference is comedy and action i'm guessing the fact this film lacked a "happy ending" is your reason for giving it a low score. The dialogue from mcCarthy in this film is excellent. I am left thinking people simply didn't understand the film just like No country for old men this is why it frustrated them... you probably just expected an action film from watching the trailer.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014, 16:28:59 GMT
The reason I didn't like this film was not the lack of a "happy ending" but a lack of any real investment in the characters. I didn't care about the characters and could have cared less about how it ended.
Another thing, I did not like No Country For Old Men but I do believe that film was critically acclaimed and won the best picture Oscar in 2007 so I think you are incorrect when you say 'people simply didn't understand the film just like No country for old men'.
Finally, was I wrong to expect an action film from watching the trailer? This is another example of a film completely advertised as on thing when the actual film is completely different. It was a huge disappointment.
Posted on 15 Mar 2014, 19:28:33 GMT
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