Cert: 15 Runtime: 104 mins Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez, Rodrigo Santoro, Brennan Brown, BD Wong and Gerlad McRaney
Never Drop The Con
We’ve arrived the dry point in the cinematic calender. The award season films have finished and now we get a lot of mediocre films. Focus seemed the best out of a bad bunch this month. Will Smith hasn’t really made a good film in a while now, so is he due one with Focus? For me personally to see Margot Robbie past Wall Street was interesting also. It was also interesting to see the chemistry between them since they are in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. So what is Focus about? Nicky (Will Smith) is a veteran master of misdirection. So when an attractive young woman named Jess (Margot Robbie) makes a clumsy attempt to con him, he’s naturally intrigued. He agrees to teach her the tricks of his unusual trade. But after romance enters his relationship with this ambitious apprentice grifter, he cuts his ties. Three years on, Nicky is involved in setting up an elaborate, dangerous, high-stakes con at the heart of the Buenos Aires motor racing world. Enter Jess, who’s developed into an accomplished femme fatale. For the first time, Nicky loses control of the swindle.
Focus proves you can’t hybrid a heist movie and a rom-com. Personally I had no connection with the characters nor the film. It has some great moments but once the glitter has settled in does drag in a few segments. But I can’t say this was an awful film it’s just descent. The film is very well shot, it’s bright and colourful and the pickpocketing scenes are executed very well. The music is pretty cool, the mix tape works well through out and I may give it another listen at some point in time. Will Smith is just Will Smith in this movie, it seems like a cash cow movie for him. Even when his name is attached to a film it sells tickets. This has shown as it toppled Fifty Shades of Grey in the US box office this weekend. Smith really needs to bring his A game to his next project. Margot Robbie was good, she is gaining her stripes as each film goes by. I am fearful that her blondness will get the best of her. Jess is s borderline strong female character, she knows what she wants but she is still reliant on a man to help her. The thing that made Focus hard to watch was the attempt with jokes, it’s just not funny! You might just go like he-he and that’s it. Over all it’s a goodish movie with an interesting premise. I think the next month might include a lot of re-watching, unless you fancy tackling Focus and hopefully Chappie next week.