Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written By: Cormac McCarthy
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 51 min
You’d think with the creative team behind the camera and the acting talent in front of it. The Counselor should have been something quite special. Sadly it’s not the case. What’s presented is a nearly two hour set of great individual scenes. Interesting dialog, great performances and it’s all really stunningly composed and shot. But the connection between each of these scenes just isn’t there. Or at least I didn’t see it. The story takes no time to properly introduce its characters. The title of the movie tells me our central character is an actual counselor, but how he becomes involved in a derailed drug smuggling operation is never fully explained. The details that connect all these characters may actually be there hiding in the smart sounding dialog or the placement of people or objects. But you’d have to watch this a few times before you could pick out those details. Who knows, maybe this is the kind of film that will get better each time you see it. You’ll have to decide whether it’s worth pursuing after your first showing.
For your first viewing. Don’t try to make to much sense of the plot, but try to focus your attention on the characters and what they’re saying to each other. The movies secrets I believe are hidden in the dialog where nearly everything said seems to have a double or even triple meaning.
Best viewing format:
This is a beautifully shot film so I suggest a nice digital matinee showing. At home, a HD viewing.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Michael Fassbender’s performance is excellent. There’s a scene near the end where he receives some really bad news. His subsequent breakdown is amazing to watch.