Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Focus

In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.


Focus stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Surprisingly I pretty much enjoyed this movie, Will Smith did not impress me in his last movies, at least his children aren't in this one. It's actually one of his best movie in recent years. This film is entirely based on the stars chemistry and charisma; it has an excellent cinematography and lightning. I loved the look of it. Plus, it doesn't have a typical structure which feels original and unique in that way. In fact, you think the movie is going in one way but twists and turns happen because obviously it's a conman movie so it moves in all kind of ways and things are happening back and forth; and all of this because of the structure which is very very different than the usual 3 acts type of movie. However, the emotional core of the film is broken from time to time and it's a little bit hard to grasp as you don't know what the characters are thinking and how they'll react, but for the most part it's a plus. We're thrown in the middle of this world of conning and conmen which is pretty interesting. The hopes are high. Focus feels like a twisty and strange Ocean 11 with a little bit of drama in it and little bit less fun and silly part. Finally, for the first half of the movie it might have been similar to Ocean 11 and then in the second act it feels more as a sequel to the first half, dealing with Smith and Robbie relationship. Will Smith and Margot Robbie are both excellent. Smith is charismatic and Margot Robbie isn't just a pretty face, she's a pretty who can act, as she already proved in The Wolf of Wall Street


Overall both of the main characters work well together. The first half of the movie is good, I loved how immersive this movie is into the con world, but the second half try to be so clever that it overreaches and slows down a bit.

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