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MaryAnn Johanson Headlines SnarkFest ‘13 in “The Counsellor”

In response to MaryAnn Johanson’s 294‑word review of The Counselor on Flick Filosopher

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Snark! Snark! Snark! Did ya hear about the snark, folks? MaryAnn Johanson’s “The Counsellor (quick take)” is a well-written takedown, but unfortunately fails to address the film as a whole.

Is there a full-take? Perhaps Johanson is yet another critic who feels the need to only offer one long paragraph after an unpleasant viewing experience. One learns nothing about the titular character or the direction of Ridley Scott, and the critic skims over the plot with stylized writing. It’s an entertaining read, but one paragraph does little for the reader.

The Counsellor takes aim at the dialogue of the film, but Johanson refuses to add any context about screenwriter Cormac McCarthy. One may be led to believe that he is an up and coming writer rather than a literary legend. The reader deserves a tiny bit of information even if it may seem obvious.

While Johanson flings out words of fury in The Counsellor, she also happens to reveal the fate of one of the characters. Not only is the review lacking in content, but the critic decides to spoil a bit for the reader as well. It’s not a major flaw but seems reckless especially given the length of the review.

The Counsellor makes fair points, but the work is forgettable due to Johanson’s contained effort.    

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