TV series gets the movie treatment
IT'S difficult for any long running series to make the leap from the small to the big screen.
But after four years of waiting, series creator Doug Ellin rises to the challenge with the theatrical version of his wildly successful HBO series, Entourage.
After eight seasons on television, Vince, E, Drama and Turtle are back as they live the luxurious and chaotic lives of stars that so many can only dream of.
Raising the stakes for the silver screen, agent turned studio head Ari Gold reluctantly gives his former client and Hollywood superstar Vinnie Chase the directing job on his first major movie - a one hundred million dollar version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Both of their careers are on the line when the film is running behind schedule and over budget.
For fans, this reunion of characters we've known for so long is always exciting.
The charm of Entourage has always been Vinnie Chase bringing both his friends and the audience along for the ride as he lives the dream.
The movie succeeds in reigniting the feelings we felt watching the show.
The problem is, Entourage plays out like an extended episode of the show rather then a stand alone theatrical film.
The film follows a number of story threads that don't play out properly.
This results in otherwise good or even great moments not getting the attention they deserve and other moments of filler that just feel forced.
But fans of the series will find all of the things they love, and even new viewers won't be able to resist Jeremy Piven's wonderful performance as angry and passionate, Ari Gold.
Entourage fails to stand out as a feature film, but it's the perfect chance to join Vinnie and the guys for one last, wild, ride.
- Genre: Comedy
- Running time: 104 mins
- Director: Doug Ellin
- Stars: Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly
- Showing at:
- Limelight, Riverlink
- Birch Carroll and Coyle, Ipswich
- Reading Cinemas, Redbank
- Star rating: 3/5