Monday, 16 February 2015

Review - Focus

Focus (2015) PosterFocus is an American romantic 'dramedy' directed by  Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

I didn't know what to expect going into this film, Will Smith hasn't been at the top of his game lately and the trailers didn't hook me, but, this film is very good, i should of expected no less from directing duo who helmed the 2011 hit 'Crazy Stupid Love' and the beautiful Margot Robbie who has always been brilliant in whatever she is in.
The film is about Nicky (Will Smith) a conman who takes a young wannabe conwoman, Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing to show her the ropes, but when there relationship gets too close for Nick he breaks it off, the story then picks up 3 years later when Nick is taking a new job and bumps into Jess. The story is very intriguing and you will not know where it is going until you get there.
The most interesting part of the film was the conman aspect, i couldn't trust either Nick or Jess in the film because they have been playing all the other characters throughout the film, which left me continuously thinking, who is lying in this scene? Is what Nick just said true? Is Jess lying? This made the film a lot more engaging for me and made me feel involved in the film.
The casting was also a highlight in the film, Will Smith and Margot Robbie were great in the lead roles, with some really great chemistry, Smith as a experienced conman that has had a bad upbringing and doesn't get too close to anyone, he plays the role very well, with his signature Will Smith performance, you know what your going to get with him but it works very well here and Robbie as a sexy inexperienced conwoman who really want to become great was also great, you immediately believe her in this role and her relationship with Smith's character . The supporting cast were also very good, with smaller actors like Adrian Martinez, stealing every scene he is in with his vulgar language.

Focus was a surprisingly good movie with a great cast, a sharp witty script and interesting characters that you don't know if you can trust and a script where you might be getting duped just like the targets the con-men are after.

What did you think of the film? Comment and let me know!

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