Katherine Monk’s “The Counselor” Reminds Mediocrity How Criticism Work
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
Katherine Monk is once again on top of her game in “Movie review: The Counselor (with video).” The critic is relentless with her criticism, and proves to her readers that she is no ordinary reviewer of film. One will be thrilled to see such dedication to the craft.
The opening of Counselor (with video) starts off with a bang, however Monk comes off as a bit aggressive in her early description of Michael Fassbender’s title character. The metaphors are effective, but seem a bit angry especially given multiple uses of “little.”
Counselor (with video) is notable for Monk’s thorough look at the techniques of Ridley Scott. It’s nice to see a critic take some time to actually break down the direction, rather than provide fluff about the character appearances and murder devices.
Counselor (with video) is successful because Monk takes the time to examine the motivations of the lead character, and the effectiveness of the director. The critic addresses specific scenes for her audience, and breaks them down with legitimate critique and burning questions. Whereas the majority of reviews like to meditate on the script, Monk stays loyal to her audience by delivering a complete review.
By the conclusion of Video Counselor, Monk looks beyond all the externals to examine the very soul of the lead character, and how the viewer will be affected. The final words are outstanding.