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Austin O’Connor’s “The Counselor” Offers Mature Analysis

In response to Austin O'Connor’s 337‑word review of The Counselor on AARP the Magazine

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In “‘The Counselor’: Big Stars, Low Appeal”, O’Connor gives readers a brief but well written piece that’s a little light on the insights. O’Connor, who writes for the AARP’s blog, sounds like a seasoned vet and he writes beyond his years here, writing sparkling, lighter-than-air prose with a few tricks up its sleeve.

Big Stars feels pretty straightforward and by the book, and, for the most part, it is, but O’Connor breaks out some quick witted repartee, comparing Bardem’s hair to a “troll doll”, calling the sex fueled opening scene a “cringe-fest”, and wittily zinging the film’s author, Cormac McCarthy: “As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist.”

With such a droll pen, it would have been nice to see a little more emphasis on the critique, but readers are only given a handful of sentences with which to suss out O’Connor’s verdict.

Still, those sentences pack a lot of heat and O’Connor goes out on a high note, offering readers a perfect analogy for the film, comparing it to “eavesdropping on a juicy conversation in a loud restaurant: You miss most of the story, and all of its context.”

This one is solid and well worth a read.    

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