Sound Off: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's 'Focus' - Your Thoughts?

February 27, 2015

Focus Sound Off

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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A perfectly serviceable End-of-February popcorn-muncher. It looked good, had good performances, elicited a few chuckles and introduced a few decent twists. That about sums it up for me. The only thing I had a problem with, once I started thinking about it, was that the bedrock of the story was how all of these people make their living off of scamming regular people. Then the glamour was tarnished somewhat, and the characters started becoming less likable. Not a movie I'll remember much about in a month or so, but I did enjoy it.

fazha on Feb 27, 2015


I liked it. Will Smith's best performance and movie since The Pursuit of Happyness.

tyban81 on Feb 27, 2015


It was pretty empty if I'm honest. It didn't really have a direction, it didn't really engage and it lacked...well focus. Nice to look at like a shop window but the shop was closed and wouldn't let you inside to explore.

Payne by name on Mar 1, 2015


The script was OK but the editing, pacing and "storytelling" of this film were absolutely atrocious. A lot of the dialogue was buried behind music and "noise" too for some reason. The actors and cinematographers deserve a lot of credit for saving this film. I bet Tina Fey is now nervous as her next film has the same directors and editor.

Kelvin on Mar 10, 2015

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