Focus is being advertised as a film about con artists, but it's really a film about movie stars. From its charismatic leads to its stylish visuals to its materialistic pornography (I could only think about how many new shirts and jackets I wanted), it's a film that lives in that A list world most movie audiences wish they could be a part of.
It's a kind of film that isn't made that much anymore. Mid budget films focused on the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
People who find that the film is endorsing Fletcher's methods are missing the clear signs that Andrew is desperate for acceptance and masculine recognition. From his rude behavior at the dinner table to attacking Fletcher for being dismissed, it's entirely necessary to understand that our protagonist here isn't someone the film wants to succeed but change. In that very essence, the film's ending is a tragedy, born out of Andrew's full submission to Fletcher's ways in spite of his own…
Some initial rambling thoughts and notes for a future more coherent review:
-Jordan Belfort makes Calvin Candie look like a pleasant guy to be around.
-This film makes The Departed look like a Disney movie.
-"Two time Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill"
-"That Rob Reiner guy should act more."
-Never thought I'd hear a Foo Fighters song in a Scorsese film, nevermind one that actually really fits.
-It'll be interesting to see how the mass public reacts to…