Title – The Counselor (2013)
Director – Ridley Scott (A Good Year)
Cast – Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt
Plot – Written by author Cormac McCarthy and therefore filled with his usual cynical look on human life, the film focuses on The Counselor (Fassbender) who gets involved in a drug deal that includes his business partner Reiner (Bardem) and middle man Westray (Pitt). When the deal goes sour it threatens not only the Counselor but his fiance Laura (Cruz) whilst Reiner’s current muse Malkina (Diaz) has her own interests in the situation.
“The truth has no temperature”
Review by Eddie on 12/11/2013
It saddens me deeply to report that every bad thing you have heard about this box office bomb and film turkey is true, if not even somewhat too kind in the reports of its trashy badness. Make no doubt about it people, The Counselor will go down in history as one of the biggest let-downs of potential, waste of talent and a low point for many involved in the project.
Setting off proceedings with what can only be described as one of the worst openings to a film in recent memory, and arguably all-time, one thinks that things can only get better for the film, a thought process that is as far off the mark as Javier Bardem’s wardrobe stylist. Rambling on from scene to scene, The Counselor never once gives the audience any connection to its main players, and throughout the film one will be wondering more than once just exactly who is who or what is what giving the film a very nasty disjointed feel, and raises the question of exactly who is to blame for this mess?
Straight off the bat some forgiveness must be paid to the actors who all do about as much as possible with their roles, although all have been seen on much better form in previous films. One actress however who cannot be excused is Cameron Diaz, who is surely just biding time until she picks up her Razzie award for an absolutely atrocious performance that includes this year’s worst scene involving a hapless and innocent car windscreen. With the actors somewhat forgiven, the majority of the films atrocity’s must fall upon (and I say this with regret) the great and legendary wordsmith Cormac McCarthy, whose script will also more than likely get the Pulitzer Prize winning author a Razzie. McCarthy’s script is that of a man set on creating metaphorical and hypothetical jargon that looks to act as a deep and wise thesis on love, life and sin yet comes off as pretentious and weirdly amateurish.
Director Ridley Scott has been in the cinematic doldrums for some years now, but all those that thought low points had been reached with such cinema scum like A Good Year, Robin Hood and the overblown mess that was Prometheus can now add The Counselor to that ever growing misfire list and perhaps sit it atop of Scott’s worst films. With 2013 so far offering up more than its full quota of disappointing films one can only hope that such talent is not wasted in vain again, for once you have watched this film there is no coming back from its dark depths of horrible.
1 catfish out of 5
- How Could Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Possibly Have Failed? (contactmusic.com)
- Cameron Diaz has sex with a car in The Counselor (theguardian.com)
- The Counselor (mrcsays.wordpress.com)