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“The Counselor” by Mathew DeKinder Balances on Line of Greatness

In response to Mathew DeKinder’s 706‑word review of The Counselor on Suburban Journals of St. Louis

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Mathew DeKinder has managed to write an entertaining read in “Review: The Counselor makes few arguments to save it case,” without seriously breaking down the film. One may cry out “I’ve been DeKindered!,” but accept the fact with humility.

DeKinder’s The Counselor is an all out assault of generalities. The flow of DeKinder is astonishing, and his ability to choose the perfect combination of words will blow many minds. The problem with the critic’s style is that he doesn’t build on his statements, and seems to refuse to take his work to the next level.

Perhaps DeKinder feels that short but powerful statements are sufficient enough, however one can take only so much flash before desiring a critique that takes pride in style and substance. The critic is almost there, however brief comments on the main players do little for the audience. For example, Michael Fassbender is The Counselor, but DeKinder manages to produce only one dressed-up thought on the character. One may laugh about the pun on Javier Bardem’s hair, but most readers surely desire to learn a tiny bit about the plot devices and certainly the lead.

DeKinder’s The Counselor is funny and structurally powerful, but what can one really take away from the critique?   

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