The latest Will Smith movie Focus from directorial duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa is an interesting conman story that manages to break the predictions at regular interval of time. Even though the movie lacks depth in content and gets dragged in to usual love drama, it does recover from that and end up as a satisfying entertainer with enough to entertain the audience.
Nicky Spurgeon is a seasoned con-man. His encounter with an amateur grifter(Jess) attracts him to her and under Nicky’s training Jess gradually becomes an expert. The duo along with the whole crew had a great season, but due to the nature of the job they had to fall apart. The movie basically focuses on Nicky’s next operation where this love affair tangles him and how he tries to tackle it.
The good thing about the movie is that it has surprises for its viewer till the end. That actually keeps the movie somewhat interesting even when it drifts in to those romantic back and forth drama. There is a well constructed gambling scene towards the middle of the movie where we as an audience will feel exactly like Jess. Similarly, the movie tries to have a clichéd outlook but by adding certain twists in the tale it stays lively.
Will Smith performed elegantly as the smart con-man who has this softness inside. Margot Robbie has managed to be something beyond an attraction factor. She has performed the character of the evolving grifter smartly. Gerald McRaney was good as Owens.
The writer director duo has managed to keep the movie engaging throughout its content. The lack of depth in the story made it look more of a peripheral fun journey and may be because of that, the romantic angle of the thriller doesn’t really workout the way it was supposed to. Screenplay succeeds in building some amount of fresh suspense but fails in building a solid foundation. Something’s aren’t quite clear about the second operation when we finally get to know the intentions of Owens. Dialogues were good. Cinematography and edits were nice.
Overall, Focus is a onetime fun watch with satisfying amount of thrill and suspense. The rating for this Will Smith starrer is 3/5. Just 104 minutes, so watch it.
Focus is a onetime fun watch with satisfying amount of thrill and suspense
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended