If I’ve learned anything from binge-watching the entire Entourage series while awaiting the premiere of the movie itself, it’s that I can’t get enough of the boys from Queens. As I watched their two private jets fly off into the sunset, I sat impatiently wondering what was going to happen in the movie (I had avoided watching the trailer).
We begin pretty much right where the series finale leaves us. Vince (Adrian Grenier) decides that he wants to take on the role of director in a film that also features his brother, Johnny (Kevin Dillon). Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is back from retirement and green lights the project that has the financiers up in arms.
As a fan of the show, I was hoping that I would get a film that feels like a longer version of an episode–not some over-accomplished plot featuring the characters in some faraway land getting into an ordeal that has nothing to do with their careers. But what I wanted was exactly what I got! Sure, it’s a little bigger–more cameos, more money, more women–but they don’t try to do too much with the storyline. And one hopes that a sequel is in the works as well.
Before watching the movie, my girlfriend hadn’t any of the show besides the first episode of season 1, and the last two episodes of the series. But she loves the movie so much that she has now decided to sit down and watch the whole series with me. And while I had filled her in on a lot of the happenings of the show, she didn’t have to ask any questions during the movie because the filmmakers do such a great job of setting up background for those who aren’t as familiar.
The cast is great, and so are the cameos. One of the biggest standouts is Haley Joel Osment in the role of Travis McCredle–the financier’s son who wants to change a bunch of things in Vince’s movie. This may be the comeback performance that we have been waiting for.
And obviously, it doesn’t really tell us anything new about the characters, but dives into Johnny’s psyche a lot. In the series we never get to see what is to come of the made-for-TV movie that Vince and Johnny are supposed to make together, but in the Entourage film we get a bigger and better version of that project.
The only bad thing I have to say about this film is that it ends too early. It’s kind of abrupt. You’ll see what I mean. It’s paced so evenly, that when it ends, it still feels like we have another 10 minutes or so.
Call it a bad thing that it ends too early, but I say that it’s a sign that we just don’t want the movie to be over.
But if you’re worried about what some critics have said regarding the movie, forget about them. If you’re a fan of the show you will love this film! It’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Just a lot of fun!