Doug Ellin's Entourage is a big screen adaptation of the popular HBO show, which serves the fans their much-wanted continuation of the characters, while providing enough laughs for movie-going audiences seeking a decent comedy.
Doug Ellin‘s Entourage is a faithful big screen adaptation of the popular HBO show that he created. Entourage brings back the entire gang for a film that’s basically more of the same, playing out more like an extended episode than a movie, bringing plenty of laughs and idiotic moments to be shared with the die-hard fan-base.
I’m going to cut to the chase and skip the whole introduction of Entourage, because this is a movie primarily aimed at pleasing the audience of the HBO show and not so much correcting any “wrongs” for those that despised it.
Entourage follows the whole gang, which includes Eric, Vince, Johnny, Turtle and Ari as they continue to reign supreme at the tip top of Hollywood.
Vince is directing/writing/acting, while Eric helps as his manager. Johnny is still struggling to crawl out of Vince’s shadow and Turtle is somehow doing very well for himself owning an alcohol company.
Ari is back in the studio business, trying his best to keep his temper down as he helps Vince push his movie through the studio system.
Not much has changed in Entourage and that’s part of the mass appeal for its audience. As a film, Entourage works because it’s a brisk comedy with not a whole lot to say, yet it says everything loudly and in-your-face in a way that is sure to turnoff a lot of people going to see the film.
Look, I get the hate towards the Entourage show and I’m not going to sit here and defend its morals or characters, but I am going to come out and say that the movie is enjoyable and entertaining in a way that cannot be explained.
The characters are borderline detestable at times, yet the film chugs along as it centralizes around a main theme of not letting anyone or anything get in the way of your dream.
And it’s in this sweet realization that makes Entourage an interesting film, because on one hand you have haters saying that Entourage is an awful show, full of idiotic and womanizing characters that should not be celebrated, while on the other hand you have a film that extends its crazed characters from the show, only adding more humor and wrapping itself around the idea of a bunch of idiots simply expressing themselves the only way that they know how.
Vince simply wants to make the movie that he set out to make, without any studio interruptions or cuts. He wants his vision on the screen untouched and his old friend Ari promises to do whatever he can to make that happen.
The film’s all about not bending over for the big man at the top of the studio because he doesn’t like your face or has a personal problem with one of the film’s stars and it creates a very interesting dynamic for the film, which is getting attacked left and right because its demographic can be described as “bros”.
And that’s a damn shame, because the film is funny and it’s an interesting look inside the over-glamorized Hollywood world that filmmakers and film stars live in.
Entourage doesn’t pretend that its stars are angels either. It paints everything as clear as can be, wearing its intentions on its sleeve with almost too much pride, but that pure honesty and not caring approach is a welcoming change in my book.
Jeremy Piven‘s Ari is easily the only real star worth giving a damn about. Piven has always been so great as the hot headed Ari. He’s always trying to do right by his friends and family, radiating confidence and brass that one hopes for in a studio head.
Watching Piven put so many people in their place is hilarious and makes me wish that Piven had more roles like this to fill up his resume with.
The rest of the crew simply extends their TV show personas here, with Vince, Eric and Johnny showing small progression, while Turtle serves absolutely no point to the story on any sort of level at all.
Armie Hammer wins best walk-on cameo appearance, with Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson doing fine for themselves as well.
Entourage isn’t a film that’s going to change the cinematic landscape this summer and I doubt it’ll make that much money either, but it will please fans of the show and offer up a whole lot of laughs and fun for those casual movie-goers simply looking for an R-rated comedy.
I never loved the show, but I’ve watched enough of it to gather interest in a film and I’m glad they made it, because it really speaks out against those that simply hate on something because of a stereotype, without ever actually giving the show or movie a chance.
The heart of the film is about never compromising towards the mass cog that so many obey. It’s about being you — being loud, different, annoying, proud or whatever it is that defies you. Sometimes that you isn’t a good thing, but sometimes it is and we should all just accept that and not be so quickly to judge.