Entourage (Doug Ellin, 2015)
Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back - and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) on a risky project that will serve as Vince's directorial debut.
With eight seasons and 96 episodes the HBO series is now put onto the big screens which it displays its inside world of the emerging career of a young movie star from Queens to Hollywood and his three buddies tagged along.
While HBO did the same formula with Sex and the City and released two films that were far from the original tone and feel of one of the most popular and cult series, with Entourage they however managed to keep the original episodic buddy humor and kept pretty much the same formula. What works for Entourage is the dialogues, the exuberant Ari, the ridiculous Drama, the always picking of the guys on each other and the times they have together. The storyline is an accessory and we couldn’t care less. What’s important here is to be with our old friends and have a good time whatever ever happens. At first, the film delivers considering those elements. Fans of the show won’t be disappointed because the characters are still true to them self and engaging.
But, since we are in a film and not everyone has watched the show I believe that the story is weak and in a way not that important for the film. Just as the show was in some ways. Some of the film’s storyline are thin and the whole story of Eric doesn’t make any sense. At some point in the show it was one of the most important character and he is relegated with a bad writing decisions issue.
The real star of Entourage has always been Ari Gold with his legendary outbursts and anger management issues. Again he is true to himself and Piven is giving him the best he has.
Overall, Entourage is a nice return for the guys of the show but maybe not its best publicity. Definitely, I suggest that you watch the show before getting into the film. This might help getting some of the inside jokes and the whole mood of the story. For the fans its nice but not great and it even make us wish the show has never ended.