REVIEW: Entourage

5 06 2015

In great works of narrative storytelling, an expertly crafted first line should set the tone for what lies ahead.  Whether “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” or “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice…,” these purposeful pieces of prose prepared readers properly.

The same goes for film, too.  And while the filmic brand extension of television’s “Entourage” is far from great, its creator Doug Ellin certainly knew how to kick off the movie.  As Vincent Chase’s posse approaches his supermodel-filled yacht off the coast of Ibiza, Johnny “Drama” giddily remarks, “I could jerk it before we get there!”

The whole movie resembles masturbation, a series of self-serving pleasures delivered on demand.  For an hour and 45 minutes, a pornographically extreme string of celebrity cameos decks out a contemporary “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”  Ellin reunites the entourage for an orgy of wealth, fame, and fully exposed breasts.  So, in essence, nothing changed from show to movie.

I am certainly not immune to the pleasures provided by such a film, but I have to acknowledge that such a masturbatory form of pleasure is juvenile, easy, and even a little lazy.  It’s hollow.  Ellin presents no compelling reason to resuscitate these dormant characters except to have them revel in the same debauched antics that occupied them for eight seasons (and are a mere Google search away for everyone else).

Entourage

“Entourage” is a mere feature-length epilogue to the series that plays like an super-sized episode.  The supposed plot following Vince’s directorial debut under the new regime of studio chief Ari Gold (he presides over an unnamed – or at least never named – studio) provides only the thinnest of excuses to bring back the series.  The party scenes are to “Entourage” what an action scene is to “Transformers” – their real reasons to exist.  And the bigger and the more explosive they can be, the better.

The movie proves what I suspeected when I quit watching the show around season 6 – no character will ever change.  Vince will keep failing up, Ari will keep yelling, and E will keep botching every romantic relationship he enters.  To be fair, “Entourage” would be nothing without the revolving door of celebrities who implicitly condone the childish behavior by appearing as lightly fictionalized versions of themselves.

Actors, athletes, and even Warren Buffet want to be in on the joke, which proves to be on us, the viewers.  They ever so gently poke fun at the ludicrousness of Hollywood life, only to immediately resume partaking in its excesses.  C+2stars

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3 responses

5 06 2015
ninvoid99

I used to be a fan of the show but its last few seasons were terrible as I hated the finale. I fucking hated it. When I heard that they were going to do a movie. I had no interest in it as I knew what it was going to be as I keep thinking it’s going to be the bro-version of Sex & the City the movie version or worse, it’s sequel.

5 06 2015
Marshall

I didn’t even bother watching the finale. I had a friend tell me right before the movie what happened.

7 06 2015
Thomas Watson

I can’t help feeling it’ll be like most other movies that jump from TV and be nothing more than an extended episode.

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