After 8 successful seasons chronicling the antics of movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier) and his entourage, HBO decided to let the boys have their own movie. Just like they did for Sex and the City (the first one obviously…..I choose to block the second movie from my consciousness)
The movie picks up where the TV series left off. Vince has married and divorced in a matter of days so the boys, E (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Drama (Dillon) have come to comfort him in his time of need. And by comfort I mean partying with half-naked nubile young things on a yacht in Ibiza.
While healing his broken heart, Vince has decided that not only does he want to get back to work as soon as he can, he also wants to direct his next movie. As we all know, this new direction is fraught with danger because a hot movie star does not necessarily a good Director make.
So can Vince make the transition to successful actor and more importantly, can Entourage make the leap from TV to the big screen?
Yes I do I know this movie has been panned but what did anyone expect? The entire series was built on that voyeuristic interest many of us have into the lives of celebrities and the more controversial and/or salacious the better. Nobody ever watched for anything other than 30 minutes of light entertainment and some eye candy. You know it’s true.
This movie is more of what we are used to….. the fast cars, the freebies, the constant stream of women, the celebrity friends (lots and lots of cameos) and the outrageous extravagance. But it also goes further behind the scenes into the production and funding machinations, showing how even the Hollywood big hitters can’t get anything done without cold, hard cash and sometimes that cash comes from ummm how shall I say it. Okay …..absolute wankers on massive power and ego trips.
There is something undeniably wholesome about Grenier’s Vinnie Chase and this is what gives the movie, as it did the series, it’s heart. Sure he leads the fantasy movie star life but there is always that feeling that he would be just as happy back in Queens living a quiet life.
So yes, I think this is a successful leap from TV and as for his Directorial debut? You can watch the movie to find out that one ….
Love Flick xx
Director : Doug Ellin
Starring : Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Perrey Reeves, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Phys Coiro, Constance Zimmer, Haley Joel Osment, Rhonda Rousey, Billy Bob Thornton
Running Time : 104 minutes
Release Date : 4 June 2015