When I heard about this movie I wanted to see it. The cast, the director and the script writer seemed inviting and promised a good entertainment. Here is my review.
The counselor (Michael Fassbender) whose name stays unknown, is a hot shot lawyer from an under world. For an unclear reason he wants to get into drug business. Naively he hopes to earn money in a short period and wants to lead a happy life with his fiancée afterwards.
However his plan goes wrong. At the end everybody dies, his loyal client Reiner (Javier Bardem), his fiancée (Penélope Cruz), his contactperson Westray (Brad Pitt) and himself. There is only one survivor left who turns out to mastermind everything, Malika (Cameron Diaz).
This movie confuses me. Despite the amazing cast and Pulitzer winning script writer, Cormac Mc Carthy (From the book and movie No country for old men), I find The Counselor quite bland.
Looking further than the sexy sex scene (the Counselor makes love to his fiancée under the sheets), unrealistic sex scene (Cameron Diaz makes love to a car!) and bloody brutal murders, The Counselor fails to deliver. The dialogues are sometimes too cryptic or too deep to understand right away (I don’t want to think, I want to be entertained!). I still don’t get it why the counselor needs to earn so much money in such a short time. Is he in trouble? Or did I fall asleep during the film that I missed the scene?
I still can’t finely put my finger on it. At which point does this movie go wrong? I don’t mind a bad ending in a movie. It is definitely not the acting either. Michael Fassbender performs well, as those other big names in it. Brad Pitt is refreshingly strong as a cowboy. Javier Bardem shows his talent but Cameron Diaz is not really convincing as a femme fatale. In some scenes her acting is rather over the top. Penélope Cruz compensates this by her lovely performance as the counselor’s fiancée.
This movie is a proof that amazing cast, director and ditto script writer are not a guarantee for success. It is not per say a bad movie though, I find it absurd and hard to understand. The storyline is not difficult to follow but I did not applause at the end.