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Jim Schembri’s “Film Review: The Counselor” Is a Snarky Good Time!

In response to Jim Schembri’s 224‑word review of The Counselor on 3AW

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Jim Schembri’s Film Review: The Counselor soars to dizzying heights of sarcasm and snotty disapproval despite a scant readtime of only 224 words. This solid work of exceptional reviewmaking is undeniable proof that in the genre of disappointed review, less is very often more.

Schembri wastes no words on scene setting or burdensome back story. From his opening words he launches the reviewgoer into the high-paced world of his captivating characters. And without delay, the adventure begins!

His fondness for the “ever-daring” Cameron Diaz is evident from the opening paragraph. So riveted by her oddball sexual antics is Schembri that he can’t resist revealing a minor spoiler. But there are hints of sympathy for all the A-list stars trapped in the unique hell of this “uninvolving time killer.” And Schembri makes it clear that he expects his audience to side with them—not the villain of this adventure, “journeyman director Ridley Scott.”

In Scott, Schembri has concocted a sleazy, sinister figure capable of plenty of glossy production value, but no real cinematic magic. So inept is this dark creature’s work, that even his hired henchman Cormac McCarthy, finds himself swallowed up in the morass.

Schembri’s The Counselor Review is a fine example of a pithy masterwork. He provides charm, wit and substance and doesn’t need many words to do it.    

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