The wildly popular HBO show Entourage makes a move to the big screen in this feature comedy by creator Doug Ellin. And it’s a strange kind of transition, especially for a TV series which is primarily concerned with getting movies made against all odds.
Entourage has been getting a rough time with critics since it arrives in cinemas in the States a couple of weeks back and I’m here to tell you that they’re being unnecessarily harsh. It’s no masterpiece but the comedy has its moments and the sense of camaraderie was enough to pull me through.
Some of the criticisms has mentioned that the movie feels like it’s nothing but a string of cameos but while there are a lot of famous faces it feels, to me, more like a touch of reality. If you are part of this crazy Hollywood world, the fact is you probably will see Kelsey Grammer around the place and have to deal with an irate Jessica Alba.
The fairly minimal plot is a bit less forgivable – large parts of the film just involve various iterations of the fivesome hanging out. The overall arc has to do with the problems behind a blockbuster version of Hyde directed by Adrian Grenier’s Vincent Chase but Ellin’s script isn’t in any hurry to get us there.
Instead we get a glimpse at the issues of relationships in this kind of world, take a peek at the workings of the studio system and go to a lot of parties filled with young women. Again this is probably an accurate representation, and I personally thought the female roles were fairly well-written, regardless of how little clothing they were wearing. It’s easily Ronda Rousey’s best role to date.
The entourage themselves do a decent job, though the main foursome doesn’t have to stretch their talents. Kevin Dillon gets the most to do, and generally just makes a face. So it’s left to Jeremy Piven to up the pace and bring the laughs and he generally does, certainly earning the higher fee which caused some delays in the production of the film.
Entourage is fairly entertaining fluff for the most part, with a few decent laughs and some fun cameos to spot. It doesn’t really tell us anything we didn’t know already about the celebrity life and with the team on the other side of success there’s a distinct lack of drama but it remains watchable, especially for fans of the series.