Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie
Director: John Requa & Glen Ficarra
Running Time: 104mins
Cert: 15

Last night, I went to the Cineworld Unlimited screening of Will Smith’s new film Focus.

The film is about a con man named Nicky who falls for a woman named Jess and all the mishaps that this ensues. Other than that, there really isn’t much more to say. This is going to be one of those points that isn’t really worth the web page its written on!

I love Will Smith, but this latest attempt to do something different and step out of his comfort zone as failed to impress. On a very basic level, the film is funny in the now subtle way you can expect from Will but there was still much to be desired. Half way through, I found myself rather bored as the point of the movie had been lost on me and I struggled to pay attention.

Will and Margot themselves are not actually bad as their scenes together are interesting enough and provide a few laughs but the chemistry between them was lacking. Sure, Margot Robbie is ridiculously hot but the sex scenes felt forced on Will’s part which took away from Margot’s performance.

With a few well placed jokes and a this-is-how-the-big-boys-do-cons type explanation sequence that Ocean’s Eleven would not be jealous of; Focus likes precisely that: Focus. Although the plot is basic enough its weird that it still has no point. You know exactly what is going on but don’t particularly care because it has no substance.

The big reveal at the end was both funny but ridiculous at the same time. Not much I can say about that without spoilers so I’ll leave it at that but ultimately, nothing mind-blowing in a way that made any type of sense.

As much as I enjoyed the film for his comedic aspect, I had expected more from Will on this occasion. What was set up as a sophisticated heist film turned out to be a comedy littered with random opportunities to put Will Smith is a beautifully tailored suit.
He looks good in it.
All the time.

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. If you’re a Smith fan, then by all means add it to the collection but don’t run to the cinema to do so.

Focus is out on general release on February 27th

Paul Walker Has Passed Away

By now, you have all heard that Paul Walker has died in a car accident in California at age 40.

The Fast and Furious star was reportedly on his way to a charity event with friend Roger Rodas on November 30th when their vehicle crashed and burst into flames. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.

I never had the pleasure of knowing or meeting Paul but i know it would have been exactly that, a pleasure. Other than in regards to his films, you never saw Walker in the spotlight and when you did, it was always for good things.

My deepest condolences and love and warmth go out to his family and friends and hope that he rests in perfect peace.

September 12 1973 – November 30 2013