The Counselor

The Counselor ★★★★

"You think you can live in the world and not otherwise be a part of it?" or "Grief is worthless."

More than a little trite with its "mercy is for the weak" tack but also constantly hilarious. The push-pull between Ridley's glam and McCarthy's austerity frequently achieves the kind of manic, ostentatious, occasionally hallucinatory grace Scorsese went looking for (and didn't really find) in THE DEPARTED. And holy hell, such glorious video. Very much what you'd have had if Tony Scott had had his brother's aspirations to good taste, so much so that I think this was, in one way or another, certainly made in tribute.

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