The biggest problem with most movies that are based off of television shows is that most people claim that the movie feels more like an extended episode then a stand alone feature film. I can agree with that notion. What works well within a half hour slot or even an hour may not transition well with the extended length. Time’s one thing, but content’s another. If the feature is an adaptation (it’s own thing, not connection to the series), then you need to introduce the characters, explain the situation and somehow go through the cinematic arc. Movies like The Flintstones, Lost In Space, and The Beverly Hillbillies are all previous attempts that have not worked as well.
Some adaptations have continued the story that the show was already partaking in. While this kind of thing can be pleasing to fans of such shows that got this package including Sex in the City and Hannah Montana, this alienates the mainstream audience that’s not in on the heroes that have been followed by it’s hardcore audience. It’s a challenge to bring everyone up to speed and still have a clear goal in mind for our characters. The hit HBO show Entourage gets it’s continuation in film format.
Our four guys from Queens, Vincent Chase (played by Adrian Grenier), his older brother Johnny “Drama” Chase (played by Kevin Dillon), and two buddies Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara) and Murphy (played by Kevin Connolly) have been living off of Vincent’s success as a major star and have continued to try and make something of themselves in Hollywood. Vincent is working on his directorial debut Hyde, under the agreement with his former agent now studio head Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Pivin) that they would not go over the $100 million budget. They go over the budget.
In order to get more cash, Gold goes to Texas to speak to one of the big financiers of the studio, Larsen McCredle (played by Billy Bob Thornton). Larson demands that a copy of the film be viewed by his son, Travis (played by Haley Joel Osment) in order to see that the film is worth investing in. Vincent debuts an unfinished cut to his friends and family (including Gold), with the general thought that Hyde will be a masterpiece. Travis thinks otherwise and want’s many changes despite no experience in movies. Along with this trouble, Johnny’s still struggling for great roles, Murphy is about to have his first child and Turtle’s looking to get a date with UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.
I’m probably not the best judge for Entourage as I have not seen any episode from their TV series. The movie in general does seem to explain the situation well enough that I knew what was going on. If anything, this movie now makes me want to check out Entourage on HBO.
If the women have Sex in the City, the men have Entourage as it’s definitely catered to the bro audience. It’s not to say that women can’t enjoy this movie, but let’s say that the gender balance at least feels even.
Entourage is filled with so many celebrities, I could not name them all. I don’t know if that was common with the show, but this adds a bit of authenticity to it’s tinsel town setting.
I liked the characters enough that I wanted to follow them, though I wish that the stories could have been more engaging from the side buddies next to Vincent. They feel more like television friendly scenarios then something cinematic. Just like on tv as well, the movie ends at an odd point that doesn’t flow that well. It shows us the Golden Globes and goes to the end credits. Couldn’t the three act structure have been utilized a bit better.
I’ll give this three Hollywood stars out of five. As a standalone movie, I don’t see much purpose. As a selling point for it’s series, it now makes me want to search through my HBO to catch more of these bros. If Entourage wants to continue, perhaps television is the best medium for these guys.