...In 2015, movie-star Vincent Chase, and his titular 'Entourage' are back - and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince's directorial debut.
All the way back in 2004, creator Doug Ellin, wasted no time in sweeping the audience into his fantastical Hollywood world. Over a decade later, he wastes even less, dropping immediately in on a yacht party where the music is blaring, the alcohol is flowing, and the deck is teeming from port to starboard with an endless and nameless parade of strictly female beauties, all in various states of undress. The tone is set with a speed that the makers of the characters' luxurious cars would no doubt be envious of.
Therein lies the greatest of the film's issues. Though this is very much a fictionalised account of Hollywood and its blessed inhabitants, it is constantly at odds with the pseudo-documentary-style aesthetic it has chosen to adopt. It is almost as much a fantasy land as the likes of Middle-Earth and Westeros, but with less orcs and dragons and more opportunities for a former pizza-chef and simple driver to become millionaires. Yet, it is also has foundations that ground it firmly in reality. Though it affords the crew opportunity to utilise some truly stunning camera-angles and luscious views, it's a juxtaposition that fails to click.
Had the writers adopted more of under-dog approach beyond Dillion's character and his desire to be taken seriously, there might have been more to root for and this might have been a very different review. But, with every set-back erased before it has a chance to truly become an obstacle and, subsequently, a distinct lack of tension, what the audience is left with is the journey of rich people getting richer and successful people becoming even more successful.
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