“The Counselor” by Nell Minow Is a Second or Third Tier Entry
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
Nell Minow’s “The Counselor” starts off on a promising note. Sadly, halfway through her work, the critic drops the film’s most important moments onto the heads of her audience. It brings down what could have been an excellent review down into the realm of the average.
It’s evident the Nell Minnow is a bright writer, dismantling themes and metaphors like some symbolism translator. She’s an able guide that knows every nook and cranny of her assigned territory. Yet, she seems to possess almost no sense of spoilers here. As a critic, this is an invaluable tool that allows you to distinguish between incidental plot points and key elements. It can also spell out the difference between a review that ruins a film and one that creates an air of interest surrounding the film. Whether or not she has the ability, she doesn’t employ it here.
There is a lot to like here, especially for those who have already seen the film and don’t have to concern themselves with the balance between education and enjoyment preservation. Beliefnet‘s preliminary organization is as strong as ever, though family discussion questions are conspicuously absent.