“The Counselor” by Ethan Alter Is Magniloquently Penned
By Eugenius Antonius, Senior Critic
Ethan Alter’s “Film Review: The Counselor” approaches its subject with the utmost respect and care. Even in light of its flaws you can sense that Alter has a certain amount of reverence for the film.
When did hitting a nail on the head become such a feat as to require an idiom? Nevertheless, that is what Alter has done here. Alter doesn’t just look at The Counselor from the perspective of a critic he looks at it from the perspective of a film forecaster questioning the release date and the commercial aspect of the film, as well as the thematic works of Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott.
In throwing all of these elements together he creates an incredibly engaging piece of criticism. It is evident the Alter enjoyed the film for what it is, there were some obvious translation issues as far as Cormac McCarthy’s vision goes. The critic seems at odd with whether McCarthy’s works are better adapted, as opposed to having the great author pen an original screenplay.
Alter’s sprawling criticism is strangely devoid of spoilers and refreshingly so, especially given the film’s decisively eccentric nature.
Review: The Counselor covers a broad range of topics surrounding the film but never loses its focus as a piece of criticism. Everything is done with the utmost care and attention paid to details, which is why Alter’s review is hardly derivative and easily recommendable.