I don’t care what others might say about the movie, but Focus was certainly enjoyable fun. Will Smith and Margot Robbie were full of charm and suave, which helped to save this movie from being just another one of those high stakes ‘heists’ film. In all honesty, don’t expect Focus to contend for something like Best Picture. It never set out to be that kind of movie anyway. There’s no deep central message or serious subject matter in it, Focus just wants you to have a good time. It’s tricks and turns keep you on edge and powered by the irresistible chemistry between Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Focus is designed to steal your attention.
From the outset, we get some rather long rhetoric about the ‘racket’ or the con business. Nicky’s (Will Smith) voice is frequently a voice-over to scenes showing how he cons people with his dirty tactics. It’s almost cliche in the way it presents us with information but Will Smith keeps it classy. Then, Jess seems interested in the whole con-job idea and soon impresses Nicky which lands her an apprentice job. From here on, their romantic chemistry grows to the point where things become complicated. The film is smart enough to introduce so many initial tricks and farces that there’s always a possibility for more than what we see. It’s a feeling that makes this an even more enjoyable movie.
From the football gambling moment to after Nicky and Jess’s breakup, there’s never a dull moment or a flat one. The movie plays on the idea of having something real and true and emotional whilst being in the business of being a fake. Although it’s didn’t explore it with alot of depth, it was sufficient enough to bring this film above films of the similar genre. Added with dazzling cinematography, Focus adds the cherry to the martini. It seriously looks awesome. Lights dazzle and the soundtrack gives it a sort of ethereal feel. Con-jobs never felt so classy and attractive; Sign me up too! Ultimately, the emotional undercurrent and the chemistry between the two actors makes this a film worth keeping.
Rating: 6.5 It won’t win awards (cinematography is beautiful though) but it’s a nice film for the enjoyment factor.