The newest creation from Ridley Scott is the tale of a lawyer who decides to take a shot at earning some extra cash by entering into the dark world of drug trafficking in the film The Counselor. This movie has some pretty big names in it from Michael Fassbender as "The Counselor", Penelope Cruz as his girlfriend, Javier Bardem & Brad Pitt as his literal partners in crime and Cameron Diaz who plays Bardem's cheetah obsessed girlfriend, but sadly this doesn’t do much to fix this mess of a movie.
Fassbender, who you will only know as Counselor, is basically the main character of the film. However, unlike most films, the back story on him is pretty sparse. We see a man who is happy with his life, and has a beautiful fiancé, and what appears to be a lot of money (wearing expensive suits and driving Bentley’s will give off that vibe, you know?) who complains about needing more money to the point where he is ready to make some illegal changes in his life. He turns to Reiner (Bardem) who is a former client with experience in drug trafficking and who also comes off as both the most likeable person in the film, and the biggest idiot in the film. The Counselor is also being introduced to this world by Westray (Pitt) a guy with an accent that is even worse than his suits. Of course, Counselor thinks everything is going according along splendidly, when things go off the rails and he is at the center of the blame and now must face the consequences of his actions. Also in the middle of all this drama, we also have the ladies of the film, Malkina (Diaz) Reiner’s super creepy, trying-too-hard-to-be-sexy-but-just-comes-off-as-suspicious girlfriend and Laura (Cruz) the only innocent person in this film whose only real crime is getting mixed up with the counselor in the first place. The plot bounces around each of the characters by telling us the bare minimum about each of them. We don’t really get much about their motivations or even enough about them to even care what happens to them.
What's right about this movie? Not a whole lot. It is wordy, long, weird, creepy, and at times, downright boring. Right from the beginning of this film you will notice tons of strong sexual content and tones. I get that they are trying to attempt at making the dangerous crime world look sexy and mysterious, but in this film it just feels creepy. Also the long bouts of overly wordy and the we-are-trying-too-hard-to-be-deep dialog was enough to make you wish the bad guys in the film could just hurry up and start shooting people so we can get on with it already. The attempts to make creative plot twists seemed half hearted and predictable at best.
Overall this film was a huge predicable let down. I would give this one a solid D, for the fact that after the first hour I was ready to literally be anywhere else, but in the theater. If you had a chance to check this movie out please leave your comments and reviews below. The Counselor opens in theaters everywhere on October 25th.