So I hear the boys are back…I didn’t know they were gone in the first place. I decided to take the Entourage movie review even though I had no experience with the story. Odd choice, I know. But sometimes I like to think outside the box. Around here my movie reviews are usually a young adult dystopian film, a young adult dystopian sequel, or just young adult. In this case, branching out is the opportunity to learn. In this example, learn about Entourage. I had the choice of trying to binge the show before the review but soon realized that with 96 episodes, I would never be able to watch them all and the movie and make my deadline. I would have had to not take meal, shower, or sleep breaks. As a fan of all three, I just stuck to the movie.
Here’s what I knew about the show before going into the film. Vince (Adrian Grenier) is a Hollywood hot-shot. He’s got a group of guys who hang out with him (Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara), and I assume wingman it up and help him get laid. Ari (Jeremy Piven) is angry. Like, all the time, at him and his crew. But it’s his job to deal with them, right? And that was the extent of my knowledge. Which incidentally did not really matter, because the very beginning of the film lays this out nicely. The plot is as follows: Ari wants Vince to star in a new movie. Vince wants to direct the new movie. They agree to both, but eventually money becomes an issue. Drama unfolds as Ari and Vince try to save Vince’s directorial debut, which may or may not be good. Ari yells. A lot. And then some more. Can they save the film? Or will Vince’s dream die without the proper funds?
One of my favorite parts of the film was the immense amount of celebrity cameos. By making it about Hollywood, they got to cast a bunch of celebs as themselves. Liam Neeson hates Jeremy Piven’s character, and flips him the bird. Now whether this was established in the show or not, that’s funny. Because I like to believe Liam Neeson is probably a cranky, Irish bad-ass most of the time. Then you get the sweet, cuddly Liam for around 10 percent of the time. I want to rewatch the movie, just to count cameos. I was trying so hard to pay attention to the actual plot, I lost count of the famous people. Other great cameo was Ronda Rousey, who kicks ass because it’s her freaking job.
Another great aspect of the film is the cinematography. The opening credits were done exceptionally well by using fonts of landmarks in the L.A. area. At first all the different fonts seemed hectic, but once I realized the homage being paid to Hollywood landmarks it clicked. Switching landscape was done nicely, and noted by either the character’s lines or a handy graphic stating the city or country name. Though Ibiza was pronounced incorrectly, the settings were gorgeous. Here, check out those credits for yourself:
My favorite part of the film was hands down the amazing soundtrack. Opening with Figure It Out by Royal Blood was a solid start and it just kept being awesome. I’ve always been a big fan of soundtracks representing the tone and style of a film, and this soundtrack was spot on. With its occasional hip-hop hits and some rock thrown in, the feeling of Hollywood extravagance was represented nicely.
There was one aspect of the film that I did not much care for, being the headstrong feminist I am. While I understand it is part of the characters, I didn’t appreciate the women being treated like conquests. The guys made constant references to getting laid and how you should act to get laid and why it is important to laid…okay, I get it. You guys use women to get laid. I felt slightly vindicated when Ronda Rousey beat the crap out of a guy and forced him to prove he actually wanted something more than just sex. You go, Ronda!
In conclusion, not knowing the show did not remove anything from enjoying the film on its own. In fact, Jeremy Piven’s character alone made me want to actually watch the show. He’s an absolutely fantastic actor and his representation of the stressed out Ari convinced me that watching almost a hundred episodes of him acting like that would not be a waste of time. The sets are beautiful and filmed opulently, showing the lavish life of L.A. living. While we get a sense of the personality of all the different characters, Adrian Grenier’s character goes slightly unexplored. Something I hope to rectify by now watching the show.