Have You Been Bad?
A rich and successful lawyer named Counsellor is about to get married to his fiancée but soon meets up with the middle-man known as Westray who tells him his drug trafficking plan has taken a horrible twist and now he must protect himself and his soon bride-to-be lover as the truth of the drug business uncovers and targets become chosen.
Recipe for a movie that'll piss people off: Jacobean + Euclidean + Hegelian. Can't really fault anyone for hating this (Andrew O'Hehir just tweeted "The Counselor isn't merely terrible. It may be the worst movie ever made"), but its pitiless anti-narrative played for me like a pure, uncut version of No Country, one without the hand-wringing old men. Was only bothered by the philosophizing at first, when I (naturally) assumed it would be occasional and intrusive; once it completely took over the movie, with the entire supporting cast turning unapologetically logorrheic, rolling with it wasn't hard.
"But what's the point?!" Just a portrait of hubris, really. This'll sound kinda bizarre, but The Counselor is essentially the same story as…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"If you pursue this road, that you have embarked upon, you will eventually come to moral decisions that will take you completely by surprise."
Cormac McCarthy is all about ideas. All of his works revolve around a central thought. In The Road it was the goodness of man in a world depraved of it; in Blood Meridian is was man's lust for satisfaction through violence and the lengths they go to achieve it; and in No Country For Old Men it was the inevitable change in society, and how it is taking a turn for the worse. The Counselor is no different.
The Counselor's primary idea is that of a destroyed society and way of life; as well as the…
Cameron Diaz squeegees a windshield with her labia in this.
An all-star cast totally wasted. The actors weren't bad, but they were given next to nothing to work with. To me everyone was on the same level. The movie is just so boring no one was able to shine. No one was really better than anyone else and no one was worse than anyone else. The script is nothing short of terrible. A lot of people have been complaining about the dialogue, I didn't have a problem with it.
This movie screamed potential during some scenes. But all in all The Counselor falls flat on its' face. Seriously basically nothing happens the entire movie. This guy is talking to this guy. Next scene. This guy talks to this girl. Next…
"You think you can live in this world and not be a part of it?"
Before I really get into my review of The Counselor, I'd just like to first say a few words about my frame of mind over the last 2 years or so.
After the impressive achievements of 2010 (which for me included films like Inception and The Social Network), 2011 brought what I considered a dropping off point. Sure, there were still great films like Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Skyfall, but those films were more concerned with aesthetics than they were intellectual ideas. I had grown cynical about the future prospects of what cinema had to offer. I had forgotten what it…
Elliptical rumination on people coming to terms with the evil in the world and their complicity in it - classic McCarthy material, really. McCarthy writes without much interest in the humanity of his characters, though. Only Westray and The Counselor himself come out of it looking human, and their arcs aren't especially complex or, in Westray's case, compelling. Script also takes a puritanical attitude towards sexuality (with a straight-up madonna/whore complex centre stage) and immigration (villainy seems to largely be the domain of Hispanic people), and probing performances by Fassbender and Pitt are countered by pantomime foolery by Diaz.
I went into watching this not knowing too much except the trailer and that it had a great cast, oh and that it had mixed reviews. The plot follows a Counselor played by Michael Fassbender who gets his way in to a drug deal as he has fallen in love (Penelope Cruz) and wants to get married and live the high and perfect life with his bride to be.
For the majority of the film you will be thinking WTF?? and hoping that it will all tie together neatly in the end, some things are, some aren't. A lot of details are left to you own imagination and not just the conclusion. I think this film is a grower as…
After all the mixed reviews I went into this with a very open mind. As a result, for the first half of the movie, I was sitting there unable to work out why this had been so heavily panned. I really, really liked the first half. Like, I really liked it. It had a very distinct feel to it, and it was a joy to watch the actors interact with each other in this seedy world. Then the second half happened -- and I kind of get all the reviews now. As much as I wanted to like Cameron Diaz playing against type, she simply wasn't strong enough to carry the film, and everything just seemingly falls to pieces. The…
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Dear Ali Moshref, Completion Guarantor for THE COUNSELOR
Sometimes, you just need to get the job done, right? I mean, that's the whole reason you're on set. Getting daily production reports, overseeing the cash flow, making sure stars come out of their trailers - you're the person who has to say, "It doesn't matter how stupid this all seems, you agreed to make this fucking thing, so do it." And on a movie like The Counselor, you might be the only reason the film ever got finished... (CONT'D)
second screening offered a lot more of details i didn't get in the first one, and yes, really helped the film to be seen as a film instead of a cormac mccarthy depicturization of one of his books. the absolute and bitter darkness got me good this time, and yes, it's getting close to the coen brothers approach on mccarthy. like a movie with understatement it grows with every screening i suppose. will definately make my top 20 of the year now, and deserves a place in my dvd shelf.
No hagáis caso a lo que dicen por ahí: el club de "me gusta mucho The Counselor" es el bueno. Sin ninguna duda.
Dank Freikarten ging es gestern Abend ins Kino. Nach den schlechten Kritiken hatte ich meine Erwartungshaltung ziemlich nach unten geschraubt. Das Setting und die Geschichte sind interessant, aber der simple Hauptplot nimmt nur einen kleinen Teil der Laufzeit ein. Dazwischen gibt es viele Dialoge mit wenig Inhalt und banalem Gesülze.
Fassbender ist gut, der Rest nicht ideal besetzt, lustlos oder am Overacten.
Schade. Bei einem Ridley Scott Film mit dieser Besetzung darf schon etwas mehr rausspringen.