Sound Off: Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 25, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Sin is a choice. Now in theaters is the latest movie from Ridley Scott, following up his sci-fi Prometheus with a dark drama written by Cormac McCarthy (of No Country for Old Men) titled The Counselor. The cast is lead by Michael Fassbender as "The Counselor" who works with a group of nefarious characters including Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz & Brad Pitt. Penélope Cruz also plays the love interest. So how is it? Does that cast make this an instant classic, or is it all about the script? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Ridley Scott's The Counselor.
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To fuel the fire, I actually liked The Counselor quite a bit, I think it's a good film with a very complex script and a very dark message. It's not the cleanest movie you'll see all year, it has a lot of messy conversations and moments where you're not sure if what is being said is important or not. Above all, Cormac McCarthy's script is outstanding, layered with deeper meanings in every last conversation. It's also much darker than I was expecting, I mean very dark, especially once you see how it plays out. The movie is essentially all about death, what it means when it happens and in the bigger picture, too. There are a few lines of dialogue that discuss this head on, and are worth analyzing even closer, but overall it was well-made and oddly enjoyable.
So what did you think of Ridley Scott's The Counselor? One of Ridley's best dramas, or worst? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
I personally thought it was great. Really over the top and similar to his brother's film 'true romance'. I think NCfOM gave people the wrong idea for what kind of movie this would be. Thought Michael Fassbender did great. His accent was impeccable.
Linkfx on Oct 25, 2013
The story is definitely Cormac McCarthy's. "Living in and accepting the moment" was definitely a major theme and the steady pace of the film kept with that without rushing the story along. The cast as a whole was satisfying, and although this movie was all about the story I think the big names are what will draw the audience into the theatres. The problem I see is that McCarthy's style isn't for everyone. It's his stark honesty and ability to mimic life by leading you through both the smooth calm and the harsh turbulence his characters endure that make his story telling captivating. But to someone not interested in the big picture, the subtle, important details go by unnoticed and they leave the theatre upset that either they didn't see Cameron Diaz's tits, or upset because "since when do drug lords read poetry."
Dan on Oct 25, 2013
The biggest star of this movie is not on the poster: McCarthy's writing. This is going to be the source of contention between those who love this movie and those who don't. I've been a big fan of Cormac McCarthy's work since I read The Road when it was released, and it's his distinctive writing style that had me hooked into reading the rest of his body of work. That style is front and centre in this movie, even more so than the adaptations of his previous books, which is natural since his words are not filtered through a screenwriter, but it is not going to fly with everyone. McCarthy is clearly more interested in the dialog and interactions among the characters than the story. The plot, though solid, is mainly a vehicle for his prose, but that is well in keeping with his works. I'm firmly in the 'Loved it' camp, but anyone who comes into this expecting a thriller starring --insert your favourite star's name here-- is likely going to be disappointed.
fazha on Oct 25, 2013
This movie is trash. By far the worst thing Ridley's ever done. I read Cormac McCarthy was on set. There's no doubt that everyone was catering to this out of touch self righteous douche. the dialog was way overdone and went no where causing a multitude of useless scenes for most of the movie. There is a big difference between writing a book and a film, Ridley knows better than this. Why this movie was made who knows.
Killa B on Oct 26, 2013
I haven't seen the film yet, Killa B, but just reading your first sentence tells me you are way off and perhaps McCarthy is way too intelligent and truthful for you. Maybe the film worked; maybe it didn't. But there's no way McCarthy...or Ridley Scott for that matter...are capable of 'trash'. In other words, this is a very unintelligent post. You refer to Mr. Scott as Ridley. Do you know him personally? This too indicates the level of intelligence of your post. Taking Mr. Scott to task as he should know better while referring to him as Ridley is pretty lame, Killa B. As is your handle for that matter. Sorry, you've the right to express your opinions; just as I've the right to express mine about yours. I may end up not liking this film, but that won't change my opinion on your post!
Bo on Oct 26, 2013
AN UNUSUALLY MOVIE FROM AN UNUSUALLY DIRECTOR Main theme is so repetitive but movie is frisky , harsh & grotesque Yes , I love this kindaof movies. This is a breath of fresh air (Also this one hasn't enough O2 but i didn't get asphyxiation too) I feel , i like to see it again. And mr.SCOTT : Where are my Prometheus SEQUEL?
Ehsan Davodi on Oct 28, 2013
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