Will Smith’s highly anticipated film ‘Focus’ hit theaters on Feb. 27, and the reviews are in! Does the hot crime flick live up to the hype? We’ve got the scoop!
With a hot cast including Will Smith and The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie, Focus could be the new It film. Centering on con-man Nicky Spurgeon (Will), who teaches the ropes to Jess Barrett (Margot) as he falls in love with her, critics are commenting on everything from their performance, story elements, and the plot as a whole. Here’s what they’re saying!
‘Focus’ Movie Reviews: Do Critics Love Or Loathe It?
The reviews are in and though most critics seem to have mixed thoughts on the actual plot of the movie, it seems like the “game changer” is the stellar chemistry between Will and Margot.
Ficarra and Requa, the authors of this script that everyone and nobody wanted to star in, finally settled on Will Smith, 46, and Margot Robbie, the 24-year-old blond Aussie who shared Leonardo DiCaprio’s bed (and a ton of cocaine) inThe Wolf of Wall Street. The mix of longtime star and minx on the rise is one tasty element in the success of a movie that approaches the modest goals and effortless allure of a 60-year-old Hitchcock.
Writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are thin on the motivations (it’s never really clear whether Nicky and Jess are simply using one another, not that we care). It’s not that the movie keeps you guessing with its intricacy, it’s more like it’s making it up as it goes along.
The preposterousness of the story doesn’t seem like a rip-off, since the twists in the plot, for the most part, pay off nicely. Mostly, it is fun to watch Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and to marvel at whatever divine or evolutionary miracle concentrated so much charisma in the two of them.
This is the kind of movie where we’re not supposed to know at any time who is playing whom, but since the characterizations are glossy and paper-thin, it’s difficult to get worked up about who gets fleeced.
Smith and Robbie are terrific together. At various points along the way, he’s playing her, and then she’s playing him, and then we’re almost positive they’ve let their collective guard down and they’re really in love …
Or are they?
The Hollywood stakes for Smith are as high as they are for the con man he plays. As it stands, “Focus” just might be a game changer.
So, HollywoodLifers — now that you’ve read the reviews of Focus, will you be seeing the flick in theaters? Let us know!
— Julianne Ishler