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!