Focus is a con movie and it’s at its best when it’s trying to con you into believing you know what is going to happen. The plot unfolds at a steady pace and you are left guessing what is going to follow. There are many twists and it’s hard to keep up, as you would expect.
The regular cons work best in the first half, when the movie is more fun and entertaining rather than serious and meaningful. During the second half of the movie the plot deepens and works around character development. That’s when Will Smith and Margot Robbie come to life, they are at their best when they are given more to work with and they keep the movie interesting. However the movie gets caught juggling too many cons which by the end of the movie may feel just a bit flat; but still make for an unexpected and enjoyable finale.
Credit to the directors as well. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa did a good job showing the importance of FOCUS for con artists in keeping the camera Focused at the right place. The way they shot the movie really complimented their story. Very enjoyable movie, definitely worth watching, even if that’s just to catch another glimpse of Will Smith back in action, with a solid performance.