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Radio Killed the Writing Star in Kevin Carr’s “The Counselor”

In response to Kevin Carr’s 542‑word review of The Counselor on 7M Pictures

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.

So skip the read and go right to the play button. You’ll be glad you did.    

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Marcus Julianus was born and raised in Byzantium, where he spent his youth herding goats and making cheese. As a gatekeeper of the review world, Marcus offers his background in poetry and drama to opine on the work of the film critics.