The Counselor

Posted on October 25, 2013


The Counselor – There’s not much socially redeeming value in this.  It’s violent and grisly but it’s sometimes very funny.  Lot of conversation, appearing to be philosophical.  And sex.  They talk about it, they practice it – vividly.  Both Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz are hot, hot, hot.

The Counselor (Michael Fassbender) is a lawyer who decided to do one teeny  illegal deed (maybe not so teeny) and things go out of control.  The story is told in disjointed, yet connected scenes.  Javier Bardem (Reiner) and Diaz (Malkina) are a couple.  Both are formidable.   She’s cool-ly calculating with cheetah prints tattooed on her back, he’s loosey-goosey with  Brian Glazer hair and wild eyes. Brad Pitt (Westray) with his long dirty blonde hair, sunglasses, and cowboy style suits reminded me of Paul Williams, maybe a couple inches taller.  His role could probably have been eliminated with no one the wiser.

You expect grit and suspense when Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy conspire.  While interesting, there’s only  a little grit, not much suspense.  It seems a shame to waste so much talent and beauty here.