Shockingly violent, beautifully written and oozing with talent – is The Counsellor one of the best films released this year?
To put it simply: no. No it’s not.
Fassbender. Cruz. Bardem. Diaz. Pitt. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Cormac McCarthy (writer of The Road and No Country For Old Men). The hype train for The Counsellor has named dropped as much as possible, and you can see why – the array of talent involved with this film is phenomenal. I thought that The Counsellor had all the ingredients for a bonafide hit. But unfortunately it just isn’t. Its pace is surprisingly slow, the plot is a little messy and the first half of the film is agonisingly uneventful and tame.
But then “that scene” happens. You may have heard of it. Brace yourself reader. I’m going to be blunt now… Cameron Diaz has sex with a car. WITH A CAR. I’m just going to let that settle into your craniums. And no dear readers, I am not bluffing. It actually happened. When I saw the trailer for The Counsellor, I did not expect this. Everybody in the cinema at first sat in a stunned silence, but as the scene thrusted on, everybody just broke into laughter. It was utterly bizarre. And I loved it.
The Counsellor looks very pretty in sections, with shots of cheetah’s sprinting and motorbikes blitzing down long empty highways being particularly striking. Fassbender, as always, puts in a great performance, and the rest of the cast are perfectly able – although it must be said that I will never see Diaz in the same light ever again. But no individual is able to save The Counsellor from itself, and that’s a bit depressing (much like The Counsellor’s ending), because I really feel like this film could’ve been outstanding.