There is no doubt that Ridley Scott is a true artist when it comes to making movies. The man knows how to put it all together; great storytelling that includes amazing looking cinematography, smooth editing, perfect music and top notch acting. All these elements exist in his newest movie, "The Counselor" which opens today, October 25. He can really paint a picture right from the opening shot of a bunch of running turbines as a motorcycle rides drives by them. Then we see two people in bed together, but he focuses on their feet sticking out from the covers before we see anything else. The we cut to above the bed where we see the forms of two bodies from under the covers. The man is certainly meticulous when it comes to where he puts the camera.
Detailing the plot is "The Counselor" is a little daunting. This is a movie you can see from beginning to end and when someone asks what it was about, you can't give a concise answer. The simplest answer is a lawyer (Michael Fassbender), who is always referred to as "Counselor" makes a deal with people who work in the underworld, unaware of the price he will pay if things go bad.
The story of "The Counselor" unfolds slowly and as it does almost all the scenes in the movie takes place between only two people. There are scenes of some action where there are more than two, but for the most part, the scenes are the one on one variety. In addition to Fassbender the cast includes Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt so you can imagine the level of acting that is displayed when these intimate scenes take place. If you are a fan of the art of acting then this movie is going to blow you away. Each of these scenes is almost a small play within themselves.
Not every single scene is gold. Some people may see this slowly forming story as a movie moving too slow or worse, that the movie is getting boring. "The Counselor" is not one of those mindless movies you can just sit back and enjoy without thinking. If anything, this movie will make you think too much. It is very intelligent. If it had an I.Q score, it would probably reach a genius level. At the same time you could never ask Ridley Scott to dumb down this movie. Audiences will either really appreciate what they are seeing or they won't.
"The Counselor" is one of those movies that will have audiences in deep discussion after they see it. There are some images you have not seen before. Bardem's character owns domesticated Cheetahs. Also, Cormac McCarthy wrote a heck of a screenplay, filled with a lot of dark foreshadowing. It is rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, language and strong sexual content with a car.