It’s a northern hemisphere summer to the movies are coming thick and fast from Owen, our movie reviewer, and today he asks ‘does the popular HBO show Entourage translate well to the big screen? Remember Owen doesn’t get his movies for free – we get an honest opinion from our knowledgeable critic.
Director: Doug Ellin
Starring: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven
Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.
Owen’s View of Entourage
Taking a TV show from the small to the big screen can be a tricky proposition. Do you use the bigger budget to take it places you can’t on TV? Do you stick to the formula that worked on the series and hope it works in theaters? I watched “Entourage” on TV, was it a great show? Not really, but it was good and funny, especially Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon, but the movie itself doesn’t take advantage of the new medium and honestly, where could the show go that would make the movie stand out from it?
It’s not bad but it follows the same formula as the TV show. Vincent Chase (Grenier), E (Connolly), Johnny Drama (Dillion), and Turtle (Ferrara) attempt to get Vince’s next big project off the ground and go off having adventures on their own at the same time. Ari stands out from them as he usually did on the TV Show, it’s not a knock on the boys from Queens, it’s just that Piven does a good job of bringing Ari to life.
If you’ve seen the tv show, the movie has most of the same sub-plots – Ari dealing with home life/anger management and helping Vince’s project succeed, E is dealing with Sloan’s pregnancy and their break up (again), Drama is still trying to make it big, and Turtle is chasing a celebrity (in this instance UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey). There’s celebrity cameos galore, most of the time in passing, and there’s appearances of some of the more well known guest stars (Constance Zimmer as Dana Gordan, Rhys Coiro as Billy Walsh (My personal favorite guest star), Rex Lee as LLOYD! Lee, Debi Mazar as Shauna Roberts, Perrey Reeves as Melissa Gold).
Trailer has a ‘lively noise warning’ do not play at work!
The project this time Vince is making is also his directorial debut with “Hyde” and it’s also Ari’s first project as studio head so he has to deal with Texan financier Larsen McCredle (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Travis (Haley Joel Osment(!)) helping fund the film. Long story short, Travis wants Drama out of the film but Vince resists and Ari tries to do everything he can to make the film happen. There’s some sidebars with the guys dealing with personal issues but nothing that wasn’t similar to what you would’ve seen on the TV Show.
The guts of the movie and tv show is in The Boys interacting with each other, and that’s where the movie shines. “Entourage” is basically all about these guys moving on up in the world and dealing with ins and outs of celebrity, both professionally and personally. It’s not a bad movie, but sometimes I felt like I’ve seen it before, with the exception of Turtle now being rich. And I’ll be honest – This is a guy’s movie. There were some women there in the theater but if you not into “Bro-ing” it up, might wanna pass. It’s not a knock but it is what it is.
Quick Entourage Thoughts from Owen:
1) One of my favorite sub-plot in Entourage are the fictional movies that are being made. This time its “Hyde” – a version of Jekyll & Hyde set in a dystopian future Los Angeles where Hyde is a DJ giving out a drug that turns people into Jekylls from what I can tell. I’m actually surprised an updated Jekyll & Hyde hasn’t been made yet.
2) Another favorite sub-plot is Drama auditioning – this time as victim number 3 for The Mentalist and who’s he up against celebrity wise (Chad Lowe and David Faustino) for the part. Last episode of the series he was starring in a hit animated sitcom but apparently it was cancelled.
3) Another sub-plot is Turtle chasing celebrity women – Ronda Rousey in this instance – and I’ve always wondered about that. If he’s supposed to be the most non-celebrity of them, he sure gets more famous women than Vince does for a normal (albeit now rich) guy.
4) They keep giving out DVD screeners of Vince’s movie – Unless its a security thing, they don’t have Blu Rays in Hollywood?
See It – In Theaters. It’s not something to rush out and see right away, unless you were a huge fan of the show, but its a good way to burn off a morning/afternoon/night/whatever your preferred movie going time is.
2015 Movie Rankings
1) Mad Max
2) Ex Machina.
3) Avengers: Age of Ultron
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