The Counsellor is indeed quite maddening. It’s obvious that the film is doing something unusual and potentially interesting – but its actual pleasures are few and far between… The Counsellor is a fascinating film, but it’s diminished by the brevity of our lives: it’s got Death on the brain, and its morbid obsession ends up sucking all the energy out of it. It’s singular and fatalistic, and by all means watch it. Just don’t expect to enjoy it.
December 02, 2013