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Tim Grierson’s “The Counselor” Is the Anti-Character Study

In response to Tim Grierson’s 864‑word review of The Counselor on Screen International

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Tim Grierson’s latest work, “The Counselor,” talks a lot about the film without saying much about it. Readers will be highly disappointed by the critic’s complete failure to throw out a bone, and reference something specific in the film. All Grierson offers the audience is a brief synopsis, and barely addresses the characters or what takes place in the film. Spoiler rating? 5/5! Good job?

Grierson’s The Counselor begins with an intriguing paragraph that gives the reader a sense of the film. If only Grierson could have kept his focus, and allowed one to feel some sort of connection to the rest of the review.

The middle section is made up of five paragraphs that mention a character or actor only once. To Grierson’s credit, he spends time informing the reader of screenwriter Cormac McCarthy, director Ridley Scott and the general style of the film, however the flow is likely to bore the general reader. By the conclusion, Grierson moves on to a brief commentary on Michael Fassbender, which is a bonus, but nothing to get excited about.

The problem with Grierson’s The Counselor is Grierson’s focus on everything except the characters or scenes. This is a problem when the last sentence of the review ends with “character study.”

The Counselor is a misguided cluster of information, which reflects little about the characters or plot.    

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