Radio Killed the Writing Star in Kevin Carr’s “The Counselor”
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
Kevin Carr includes a radio review to go along with his “‘The Counselor’ Movie Review” and it’s a good thing because it saves the day.
The written part of the review is a little disjointed. Carr has talent and puts together some perceptive, well-phrased insights like, “However, like the other works of McCarthy, this is a real slow burn, and Scott respects that in his direction.”
But, more often than not, the phrasing comes off a bit awkwardly and Carr makes a few beginner’s mistakes (i. e. saying, “to me” or “in my opinion” is not necessary—this is all your opinion).
The real issue at work here is this: what works in spoken language doesn’t always work on the page.
Luckily for Carr, his style works well aurally (which makes sense—he’s a radio guy). He has that uncanny and rare ability to be condense, compressing big concepts into sound bites of pitch-perfect pithiness. In his 45 second radio review, Carr hits all his notes perfectly and, aside from a delivery that feels a little rushed, listeners will glean everything they need in a tight little package.