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Blu-ray Review: Will Smith And Margot Robbie Inject Movie Star Cool Into Con Caper FOCUS - Movies In Focus
Slick, stylish, cool and a little soulless, Focus is an entertaining piece of old fashioned Hollywood moviemaking. Will Smith is the conman working the grift, while Margot Robbie is is protégée and sometime love interest who complicates things when the stakes are high. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have created a film that sparkles from the outset but there isn’t enough depth to proceedings to make it truly memorable. Riffing on ‘60s Ratpat style and Steven Soderbergh’s jazz cool from the likes of Ocean’s 11, Focus sees Will Smith use his movie star wattage in a way that he hasn’t in many years. He’s got the cool, but he keeps the swagger to a minimum as Nicky Spurgeon, the career crook who is always on the lookout for the next con. This might be Smith’s best film in over a decade and it’s good to see him branching out. Rising star Margot Robbie makes a good romantic foil for Smith and she’s able to sell the role of damsel in distress and cunning con-artist. Writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) keep Focus moving along at a fast pace. They understand that movies like this are like a good [...]