Will Smith skyrocketed to Super stardom in the mid- to late 90’s and he kept that stardom well into the 2000’s, but after his Seven Pounds, his career seemed to have hit a halt. Whether it’s by his own choosing or not, I don’t know, but for the last few years it seems he’s been aiming to tower over the world with his talents yet again, starting with the 3rd installment of the Men In Black-franchise in 2012 and the upcoming Suicide Squad next year as well as an announced 3rd installment of the Bad Boys-franchise. I’d say it’s safe to say that he’s reconquering the world of entertainment once again. With that said, let’s take a look at what I thought about his latest title, Focus!
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa co-wrote and directed the film about Nicky Spurgeon (Smith), a seasoned con man taking a protege, Jess Barrett (Robbie) under his wing, teaching her the subtle but delicate ways of the world of cons and scams. The movie has a sort of Ocean’s Eleven feel to it as we get to see how they device and carry out their scams, but as Nicky and Jess’ relationship evolves, we’re treated with a whole new kind of movie. Up to about mid-second act, it’s all about the “heists” and cons, but after an outstandingly brilliant scam, the two part ways and the movie winds down to somewhat of a romantic drama-esque type of film. It shines through that the film had two writers but the two different styles work well and when it’s all said and done, this movie experience was a delight. The film was well written with great dialogue and intriguing characters and the twists, although somewhat transparent at times, were well executed and they worked great with the overall plot.
As for the acting in the film, there is nothing negative to say about it at all. Both Smith and Robbie brought their A-games and the chemistry between them felt real and it made me hope for a lot of screen time for the two together in Suicide Squad. The rest of the cast was just as good, all contributing to the film wherever something was needed. In short, a delightfully well cast movie through and through.
So, to cut this review short, Focus is a well written, brilliantly directed and excellently performed cinematic experience and yet another recipient of Tango’s ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’. Now, I’m gonna go play some video games before I make a decision on what to watch tonight. Be sure to tune in every day this week, as I’ve planned on a lot of fun stuff for you to read, but until next time…..