Monday, November 18, 2013

The Counselor Movie Review

The Counselor is one hell of a black cloud of feels. It's got the makings of a great movie although it will probably leave you with a dark cloud over your head; but really that's the fun part!

The movie is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy. It stars a powerhouse cast including Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender as the eponymous Counselor.


The sound acting of Fassbender once again makes this an OK movie. Penelope Cruz was so-so as Fassbender's fiancee. Cameron Diaz plays Malkina, a manipulative she-devil. She actually tried to be this ice cold sex-depraved ice queen but it failed big time. Although she did good with the closing scene. Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt's characters were used as a means of foreshadowing things down the line. Bardem in particular had some really great lines in this flick. As for Pitt, I was like, was he even there?


Be prepared for violence and some nasty stuff. Hey we're in Mexico and things can really be like that (the same can be said for Manila too). The Counselor's got a lot of savagery AND beauty mixed in it. I wouldn't call the ageing Cameron Diaz as a real beauty but she's still visually appealing. Penelope Cruz on the other hand is still... well... HOT DAMN. I like the scenery and how it changes from squalid and dirty to super modern and posh. 


Chalk it up to the film having been developed and conceptualized by Cormac McCarthy so expect to have awesome dialogue. The fun thing here is that you could probably make some of those dialogues into life lessons.


Seriously, I wanted to love THE COUNSELOR but that horrible, bleak ending just turned me off. This is also the reason why it took me a while before I even published this review. It's going to leave a mark on you; despite what the main drive is about moving on and accepting what fate has offered it still really leaves a sour note. 

7.5/ 10

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