Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 28th 2015 Contents If the mark of a good con artist
is that he or she makes you think
you know exactly what s going on
--- when of course you haven t a
clue --- that s also the mark of a
good con-artist movie, isn t it? To
make you feel like you totally get
what s about to happen --- "Oh yeah,
I ve seen this in tons of movies,"
you think --- and then, boom. That s
not what happens at all. See, you
lost your focus for a second.
"It's about distraction," explains
Nicky, the con artist played by Will
Smith in Focus, the consistently
entertaining new film by Glenn
Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stu-
And that's what the filmmakers
do to us, too --- they distract us more
than once by making us think we're
watching a predictable, even silly
story. We're lured into feeling smarter
than the movie --- until we're not.
Damn! How did we miss that?
Of course, deft plot twists aren't
enough. A con-artist movie has to
make you find something sympa-
thetic in the artist. And here, the
film centers on a romance, so we
need to be able to invest in that as
well. Luckily, Smith and relative new-
comer Margot Robbie (The Wolf of
Wall Street) generate believable heat
together while also appealing to us
individually, and so we care what
happens to them --- even as we keep
changing our minds as to which one
we should care about most.
Smith's Nicky and Robbie's Jess
meet cute in New York, where the
gorgeous Jess is trying to escape from
a creepy guy at the bar. They end
up in Jess' hotel room, where sud-
denly they're caught in the act by
Jess' jealous, gun-toting "husband."
Only, Nicky figures out right away
it's a scam ("You should have waited
until my pants were off," he admon-
ishes the amateur pair). Jess realizes
she's met a real pro. "Tutor me," she
We next find the two at a football
championship in New Orleans, where
Nicky and his crew are planning to
scam as many fans as possible. Jess
shows up, and wants in. In an
extended street pickpocketing
sequence, she shows herself to have
not just ambition and gumption, but
also real talent.
Everything goes swimmingly for
the two --- and they're falling for
each other, besides. But romance is
a tricky thing when you're a lifelong
trickster. That becomes clear when,
in one of the film's most entertaining
scenes, Nicky has to keep Jess in the
dark as it appears that he's totally
self-destructing. You can't show all
your cards, even to the person you
The person you MAYBE love, and
who MAYBE loves you. Unless you're
playing them, or they're playing you.
The film's second act jumps ahead
three years and takes us to lovely
Buenos Aires, where Nicky, having
long ago lost track of Jess, is setting
up his latest operation. And this
one's bigger than stealing a bunch
Nicky's been hired by a car racing
magnate, Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro)
to help ensure a win for his team in
a high-stakes championship. Despite
the suspicions of Garriga's heavily
sarcastic henchman, Owens (an
amusing Gerald McRaney), all begins
according to plan, until Jess suddenly
appears out of nowhere, walking
down a staircase in a killer red dress
and matching lips. Uh oh.
Is Jess, as it appears, retired from
the scamming life and living in lux-
ury with Garriga? Or is she, too, up
to something? Do Jess and Nicky
still have it for each other? Or do
we just think they do?
As the plot twists and turns, it's
best to stop wondering who's doing
what to whom and just, er, focus on
watching Smith, wily and vulnerable
at the same time, match wits (and
hearts?) with Robbie, who makes a
case here for more leading-lady roles.
It would be fun to watch these two
together again. Maybe a sequel called
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Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp Focus
Will Smith and Margot Robbie filming Focus in Argentina. AP PHOTO
Focus, a Warner Bros. release,
is rated R by the Motion Picture
Association of America "for lan-
guage, some sexual content
and brief violence." Running
time: 104 minutes. Three stars
out of four.
Operatic Diva Anne
Fridal and her musical
entourage of friends will
perform the repertoire
of "Calypsopera" arias
by the late Lord Kitch-
ener at Fiesta Plaza,
MovieTowne on Satur-
day at 8.30 pm.
Lord Kitchener's family
is expected to attend.
The stellar cast will
include Guinness World
Record holder pianist
Charles Brunner, steelpan
virtuoso Luke Walker of
Invaders Steel Orchestra,
the celebrated and multi-
talented musician and
violinist Inge Schluer,
baritone Marvin Smith
of Porgy and Bess, Car-
men, Les Miserables and
Die Fledermaus fame,
percussionist Faye Hus-
bands and double bass
player Gerard Charles.
Part of the repertoire
of this unique and first
of its time concert will
include the Pan in a
Minor, Symphony in G,
Dr Kitch, Bees Melody
and many more.
The concert is free of
charge to the public.
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