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The Counselor
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03.04.2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Ridley Scott

Actors:
Michael Fassbender
Javier Bardem
Cameron Diaz

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A lawyer (Fassbender) gets mixed up with a dangerous drug deal.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The Counselor has all he needs: an excellent job, a beautiful house, a gorgeous fiancée…So why stop there?

Under the encouraging from a man, Reiner (Javier Bardem), who keeps cheetahs around his mansion, The Counselor (Michael Fassbender) decides to get himself tangled in a cocaine deal that, well, won’t end well for most of those involved. Those also involved include The Counselor’s girl Laura (Penélope Cruz), Reiner’s girlfriend Malkina (Cameron Diaz) and businessman Westray (Brad Pitt).

The Counselor has one of the best casts of the year. Add to that director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy and The Counselor should be a guaranteed compeller. And yet, it seems to constantly be threatening to be a parody of what it could have been.

There are the guys in slick suits, the girls in sexy dresses, the cars that shine like diamonds. And there’s Fassbender going through the motions, Bardem sporting yet another wacky hairstyle, Diaz humping a windshield, and, well, what else do you need to know? This is the sort of movie that thinks it will qualify as “cool” just because the cast is hip and cocaine is a plot element.

But it’s an annoyance. McCarthy, who is certainly capable of penning a brilliant novel, demonstrates here that film just isn’t his medium. (Forget that No Country for Old Men, The Road and others were turned in major motion pictures; his first original screenplay is no reflection of those adaptations.) He fills his script not with depth, but with characters who think every line of dialogue they spout is important; worse, every actor recites them like they actually are.

THE EXTRAS
Theatrical Version (117 minutes)

Unrated Extended Cut (138 minutes)

Truth of the Situation: Making The Counselor (3:36:01) combines both an audio commentary (with director/producer Ridley Scott) and featurettes (“Tragic Consequences,” “A Different Southwest,” “The Counselor,” “Pool Party,” “Reiner,” “Laura,” “Malkina,” “Polo Club,” “Lensing the Dark World,” “Westray,” “Downward Spiral,” “The Cheetahs,” “The Bolito”) to offer an incredibly thorough look at the making of the movie.

Viral Pieces: Uncut (7:29): There are three short pieces here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “Laura,” “The Counselor” and “Malkina and Reiner.”

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Despite Ridley Scott as director, Cormac McCarthy as screenwriter and a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, The Counselor is a borderline disaster and more of a parody of the sort of movie it strives to be. Special features include an epic making-of documentary and two cuts of the film.
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4:47AM on 03/04/2014
Why Diaz was even cast in this film (or in general for that matter!!!) is beyond me.
Why Diaz was even cast in this film (or in general for that matter!!!) is beyond me.
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4:59AM on 03/04/2014
It was a shockingly bad performance. I think Angelina Jolie was originally cast and I just don't know how the casting director's mind leapt from Angelina Jolie to Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz has been good in things (Being John Malkovich comes to mind) but this was just baffling.
It was a shockingly bad performance. I think Angelina Jolie was originally cast and I just don't know how the casting director's mind leapt from Angelina Jolie to Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz has been good in things (Being John Malkovich comes to mind) but this was just baffling.
3:05AM on 03/04/2014
It's a pretty fascinating trainwreck.
It's a pretty fascinating trainwreck.
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2:40PM on 03/04/2014
In slow motion. The movie really dragged for me.
In slow motion. The movie really dragged for me.

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