Review: Entourage Is A Movie No One Asked For
Director: Doug Ellin
Screenwriter: Doug Ellin (screenplay), Doug Ellin (story), Rob Weiss (story), and Doug Ellin (television series)
Principal Cast: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Perry Reeves
Summary: Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.
Television and movies are two entirely different forms of storytelling. In a movie characters will usually wear their personality like a t-shirt to save time, while a television show can dedicate an entire episode to a one character’s quirk. It’s one of the reasons that Daredevil has one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; we had thirteen forty-five minute episodes to learn about Wilson Fisk compared to the two hours we had to learn about Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s why, and this might get me in trouble, I believe that the Sherlock Holmes in Elementary is far superior to the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes of the movies, or even Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in Sherlock’s three episode mini seasons. When you have time to get to know and develop a character the story is almost always better off for it. I say this because I went into Entourage without seeing a single episode of the television show and thus didn’t know any of the character developments of the main cast.
Entourage is a movie that fans of the HBO show of the same title will probably end up seeing and enjoying, but as someone just meeting these characters an hour and forty-four minutes was not enough time to endear them to me.
I haven’t done my research on the show Entourage since I have seen the movie so perhaps it was the point of the show, but everyone in Entourage did not seem like good or even likable characters. I suppose Vince (Adrian Grenier) might be the closest we get to someone who is at least likable, but he’s an actor so he’s supposed to be likable. Even so everyone came across as incredibly superficial and maybe someone in the movie business could relate to their problems, but as someone who makes an okay living I could not relate to the “we just need a little more money like 10 million dollars” mentality at all. I know that the lyric “more money, more problems” is probably pretty accurate for the real world, but for a movie it kept everyone at a distance for me.
If the point of these characters is that they aren’t supposed to be good people (which isn’t off base considering this is a HBO show) then the short running time of the movie wasn’t enough to make them compelling enough for me to care about them. It made any possible character growth moments,or even any moment where you need to be invested, fall completely flat. It sucked all of the tension out of every scene and even made some of the jokes fall flat. The “antics” of these four friends didn’t entertain me as much as it reaffirmed my suspicions that Los Angeles is The Worst. The lack of interest also made the relatively short running time feel even longer. The pacing at the end was also a problem as they seemed to solve the primary problem of the movie off screen and not really explain how.
I’m sure there are fans of Entourage, the show did well enough at HBO that they greenlit a movie, and those fans are going to see this movie whether the critics like me like it or not. Movies that are extensions of television shows are rarely made with the idea of drawing in new viewers as they are cashing in on the fans they already had. I would love to hear the input from someone who has seen the show and whether or not it made them happy, but there wasn’t enough there to make me care about these established characters. This movie seemed to exist more as a glorified cameo for nearly half the population of Hollywood.
Entourage is a movie that I’m not sure anyone asked for but in the age of reboots and remakes we got one anyway. Perhaps as a fan you’ll be happy to see these characters get back together, but newcomers will likely find everything shallow and dull. In conclusion, a fan of Entourage will likely enjoy this latest installment but everyone else is better off watching the show and then seeing the movie to get the full experience.