The Counselor (dir. Ridley Scott)

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

“The Counselor” is a fairly bad movie, but it is bad in interesting ways. Mainly, the screenplay was written by an acclaimed novelist who seemed unaware that his dialogue would come off as inauthentic, over-written, tin-eared, and pretentious. What works in prose doesn’t always work when spoken by characters who really shouldn’t be educated or as philosophically-minded as the ones he has created. The film is very well-directed, and aside from Cameron Diaz giving a really crappy performance, the cast is fine. But the story is plain bad…but bad in an original way, which is at least more interesting than bad and formulaic. I dunno. Weird film. C-.

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