Ridley Scott is definitely one of the most beloved and prolific directors of his generation and even now with over four decades in the business, he is showing no signs of slowing down. His latest film, The Counselor, is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.
When a wealthy lawyer (Michael Fassbender) is getting ready for a new life after proposing to his girlfriend (Penelope Cruz), he decides to partake of a large drug deal through a business partner in order to make a huge profit with what seems like little risk. But when the deal goes bad and the drugs are stolen, the Counselor is on the hook for the whole deal and must try to escape with his life.
The strange thing with The Counselor is the incredible amount of talent involved. Fassbender, Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz and many others populate the cast; it is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy. So why did I dislike it so much?
I am a huge fan of everybody involved but for some reason this film just felt like a series of boring conversations loosely stitched together to attempt to form a story. And don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of dialogue driven films and slower paced films, but they usually have something about them that keeps me hooked for the entire runtime whether it be a compelling script, artful direction or powerhouse acting. While The Counselor has a great deal of excellent acting it was not enough to keep me interested in the monotonous feel of the film. I love McCarthy but I really think he must have been in novel mode and not screenplay mode when he wrote The Counselor; it was far too slow and uninteresting for me. It almost felt like a droning audio book read by Ben Stein.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a beauty to look at with a stunningly clear and crisp transfer full of incredible detail, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me interested in the lagging storyline. I guess even filmmakers like Ridley Scott can’t make a winner everytime.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.