Sound Off: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's 'Focus' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
February 27, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It's about distraction. It's about focus. Now in theaters is the latest movie starring Will Smith, titled Focus, co-starring Margot Robbie of The Wolf of Wall Street. Smith plays Nicky, a con man in the midst of his latest scheme who is thrown for a loop when an accomplished femme fatale from his past shows up. Focus comes from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love and I Love You Phillip Morris, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and the cast also includes Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro and BD Wong. So how is it? Worth your time or not? Is the heist even a good one? Once you've seen it, if you see it, post a comment with your thoughts on Focus.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!
Editor's Note: I haven't had the chance to see the film yet, so in place of my own thoughts for now, here's an excerpt from A.O. Scott's review in the NY Times: "He provides some comic ballast, and Mr. Smith's sad eyes and whispery line readings stand in for a missing dramatic core. The heart of the movie — its focus, if you want — is not love but luxury. It sells a vision of cool defined by beautiful stuff and the beautiful people who steal it. The brief sex scenes carry some heat, but far more voluptuous are the slow pans over rows of watches and stacks of cash. It's a vision of the good life familiar to readers of GQ, with some decent writing sprinkled among the eye candy. You're a sap if you fall for it all, of course. But maybe also if you don't."
What did you think of Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's Focus? Fantastic heist film or disaster?
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