Entourage Review

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Since 2004, the Hollywood lifestyle of Vincent Chase, Eric Murphy, Johnny Drama, Sal “Turtle” Assante and Ari Gold in Entourage has been something that many men wanted to emulate. When the series ended in 2011, the finale ended on a cliffhanger that left fans waiting four long years before the film continued on their exploits. Does Entourage do justice to the show or does it fall in line with other awful TV-to-film adaptations?

Fortunately, Entourage is funny, charming and as good as the show. It’s essentially one of the few TV-to-film adaptations that’ll please both fans and non-fans of the show.

Entourage follows Hollywood movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his boys, E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) as they navigate through the crazy and cutthroat world of Hollywood.

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As you might expect, Entourage feels very much like an extended version of the show rather than a cinematic film. Everything that was great about the show is replicated in the film. Doug Ellin, the series’ creator, did a great job continuing the storyline of the series finale but also creating a film that can be seen without watching the show. Unfortunately, Ellin also tries to fit a lot into the film by giving each of the main characters a piece of the spotlight with their own individual story arc. Much of the film is focused on Vince’s storyline, but the lives of these close friends are so connected that it switches storylines pretty seamlessly at a brisk pace. The film relies a bit on the audience’s love of the characters as a way to help overlook the obvious problems that come from fitting in so many stories into a single film.

At the heart of the film is the friendship between Vincent Chase and the rest of the guys. Despite the fact that the cast hasn’t played these characters in a few years, the chemistry between the guys is just as good in the film as it was in the show. It’s like they never left. The advantage of slipping back into the characters they’ve played for years provided much ease in their performances.

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Adrian Grenier is as calm and confident as you remember, Kevin Connolly is the same “suit”, Jerry Ferrara is the same lovable Turtle — albeit a bit richer. However, it’s Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon that steal the show. It’s not surprising that fan-favorite Ari Gold has some of the best scenes in the film since he’s the most entertaining character. Jeremy Piven is so charming that if it weren’t for Kevin Dillon he would’ve outshined all the characters. Alas, Kevin Dillon was the real scene-stealer in the film. Johnny Drama has the most touching and moving scenes in the film and is the only character to get any real character development. Dillon plays the character with a lot of spirit as his character goes through the proverbial wringer.

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New to the mix is Haley Joel Osment as the sleazy financier of Vince’s film, Travis McCredle. Osment is practically unrecognizable as the antagonist in the film, but that’s to be expected with an actor of his caliber. Although Billy Bob Thornton has a very important role in the film, his talents are wasted as Travis’ father, Larsen McCredle. The film, like the series, also has a lot of celebrity cameos in the film. Celebs that include Emily Ratajkowski, Ronda Rousey, Jessica Alba, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, and the real Johnny Drama just to name a few. The cameos are so frequent in the film that if you blink, you might miss it.

If you’ve never been a fan, then this film won’t convert you. Still the film has more than enough fun, entertaining and laugh-out-loud moments to satisfy old and new fans. Ladies and gentlemen, the boys are back in town.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms
NR 4 Atoms - B

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