Big names all round for this moody, glossy looking thriller: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, directed by Ridley Scott and, best of all, costumes by Scott’s longtime collaborator Janty Yates.
Ms. Yates is best known for her Academy Award winning designs on Gladiator, and more recently Prometheus. But she does far than period and sci-fi. For The Counsellor it’s sharp, sometimes deliberately loud contemporary costume that occasionally recalls her work on Hannibal and Miami-Vice. She used designer names for the principals, including Armani (Fassbender and Cruz), Versace (Bardem) and Thomas Wilde (Diaz). It’s all up there on screen.
The film is based on the first spec-script by novelist Cormac McCarthy and follows Michael Fassbender’s character, a lawyer – ‘the counsellor’, as he gets in deep with drug traffickers. It all seems rather 90’s John Grisham, in a good way.
The Counsellor (or Counselor? Press release says the former) is released on 25th October in the U.S. and 15th November in the UK.
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