Movie Review: The Counselor

the-counselorThe Counselor is written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and directed by Ridley Scott (the name speaks for itself).

The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender as a lawyer who seems to have everything, dabbling in a one time drug deal that goes bad.

The movie is visually sexy. That is all I liked about this movie. I have never seen such a waste of hot talent and cameos on a movie screen.

The Counselor also starred Brad Pitt, Reuben Blades, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, John Leguzamo, Javier Bardem, and Natalie Dormer to name quite a few without taking a breath.

As the Counselor’s drug deal goes bad so does the film. When he seeks the advice of his co-conspirators he gets philosophized dialogue and meaningless metaphors.

The characters never fully develop. The actors don’t act. The dialogue doesn’t allow it.

I have to give honorable mention to Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt however. Diaz has a scene stealer when she makes out with a Ferrari (body double I’m sure) which was almost worth the movie ticket. We’ll not quite, but it was one interestingly funny and steamy scene. Brad is Brad.

I expected much more from this film with all the star power but it just never delivered. And the credits began to roll…

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