I was buzzing going into the cinema to watch this movie. Although I have only recently sat down and binge-watched the TV series, I’ve been anticipating to watch their big screen debut and get some more Entourage excitement. The boys didn’t let me down, as they return once again to the city of angels.
Jeremy Piven once again steals the show, the role of agent Ari Gold seems like it was custom made for him. Half of the funny and most hilarious moments happen because of his performance and the wacky character he portrays, just like it was in the show. Furthermore it was great to see that the main boys haven’t lost their touch, each maintaining their old ways. They still offer us the verbal back and forth between them and the banter is as amusing as ever.
Including most of the recurring characters in the show, and great cameos, even some that we are used to seeing in Entourage meant that we were quickly re-familiarized with the LA-Hollywood setting and added a feeling of nostalgia to the mix. Billy Bob Thornton in an pivotal role in the movie was also very important to change it up as much as possible and keep things interesting.
It’s not really movie material through and through, the reason in the first place that it started and lasted 8 seasons on TV. But don’t get me wrong it’s still great comedy, better than most comedy films being released, and it’s even funny for those that haven’t watched the show (as my mate’s reactions would suggest).
Could have been half a season on TV instead of a movie.
A show about an up and coming movie star, his 2 best friends, and his ill-tempered passed it actor brother, his agent and their adventures in Hollywood filled with big egos backstabbing each other. Including a lot of cameos by known actors that intensify the feeling of an accurate representation of reality.
The best attribute of Entourage is its characters, they have consistent personalities that evolve but do not change unrealistically in order to suit some new idea that needs to be implemented no matter what; making the series something that it’s not. Maintaining the same 5 people as the center of the show for 8 seasons, meant that we had a chance to explore their deepest ends, at their highs and lows, and that made us achieve a connection and empathize with them.
An ever-changing setting to the LA backdrop and to the situations the boys find themselves in, made it always interesting and continuously built the anxiety and nervousness when awaiting what is to follow. There was a point when it was becoming a bit dull during season 5, not because it wasn’t equally good but because it was starting to repeat itself, however that was immediately rectified by the seasons that followed.
The show might seem just a light-hearted tour in the Hollywood madness but one can draw conclusions of much deeper meaning for everything that happens, with friendship and relationships at its core, the writers did an incredible job, to keep it fresh and meaningful and I am glad HBO decided to take it off the air when they did instead of milking it; it was time.
Who doesn’t want to take a tour in LA with a movie star? Watching the show is like being part of Vince’s Entourage, where it’s always fun and crazy.