Entourage Movie Review 4

A Fan’s Struggle

The fact these characters are more than what’s on screen may not come across in a movie. If I wasn’t familiar with Entourage, I’m not sure I could get over some of the character traits. I’m not sure from the film itself I’d understand who these guys are and have been, or that they learn anything by the end of the movie. And that’s why, I think, Entourage is a great movie for fans, but maybe not for non-fans.

In the Entourage movie, Vincent Chase finally gets to direct a movie. We know he’s a star because we see him partying and highlighted in a brief, albeit funny news piece at the beginning of the film. But in the movie itself, you never actually see him be a star. He’s not followed by paparazzi, doing interviews or really anything besides hang out with lots of famous people. The movie tells us Vince is a star, but never really shows it.

The movie also tells us Eric is Vince’s best friend and manager. But in the film, it’s an afterthought. For most of the movie Eric is on his own, dealing with his ex-girlfriend (Sloane, played by Emmanuelle Chriqui, who has less of an arc than any of the already thin men) and once or twice, sitting next to Vince in a meeting. We never see him battle Ari, choose a script, turn down another, take other clients. The friendship, trust and loyalty that’s so crucial to the show is buried by the narrative.

In the movie, Turtle is a millionaire going after a beautiful woman. That’s pretty much it. How is the film audience supposed to know, for years, he’s been struggling to be his own person? How he’s tried to break out of Vince’s shadow? That he’s had numerous failed businesses like rap producer, limo manager and more? None of that struggle is in the film, only the subtext.

Drama’s story, on the show, is probably the most emotional and interesting because we see him fail more often than not. In the film, he’s got the biggest arc too but still, those failures are only mentioned. We don’t see him blow audition after audition, go on strike, or tell his many horror stories. None of that pain is felt by the movie audience. So when he finally does taste success, it’s not as sweet.

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The End

In a normal movie review, if the four main characters do nothing but zoom through a story, it’s a sure-fire sign a movie is bad. And if this was a normal movie review, maybe I’d say the Entourage movie is bad. But as has become abundantly clear, it’s hard for me to give an objective take on Entourage because I have so much personally invested in the film. The most objective things I can say about the movie is it’s simple, straight forward, and there’s lots of cool stuff to look at on the screen. It has a true love of the movies, a solid story about making a movie, and some decent twists and turns. There’s almost no character development, and it’s from a different time. So if you want something meaningful and rewarding on its own, Entourage is not it. And for that reason, I’m pretty sure most are going to look at the movie on its own and say it’s not a good movie. I understand and respect that.

The fact is, I do care about these characters. A lot. I’ve spent 11 years of my life with them and Entourage the movie is a wonderful addition to the story. Will it be the send off? I hope not. But considering the world we live in today and the world Entourage portrays, I tend to think it might be.

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Germain graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Cinema Studies program in 2002 and won back to back First Place awards for film criticism from the New York State Associated Press in 2006 and 2007.