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|Regie:||Glenn Ficarra, John Requa|
|Laufzeit:||About 105 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Nicky (Will Smith) is a master of deception. A master from whom the up-and-coming trickster Jess (Margot Robbie) wants to learn. Although Nicky doesn't really like to be looked into, he agrees to take Jess with him to New Orleans, where he and his team are planning an extremely lucrative Mardi Gras weekend. Here Jess not only learns all sorts of tricks, but is also becoming more and more addicted to the charm of the clever crook. A passionate relationship is established between the two, which could be extremely obstructive for the business. Because the most important rule for Nicky is never to be distracted and always to keep the prey in focus. And so he makes a difficult decision, which three years later could screw up one of his biggest and most dangerous coups ever…
With "Focus" Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy, Stupid, Love.") have staged a classic crook comedy, which despite a contemporary production radiates a pleasant old-fashioned charm. Especially in the first third the mixture of stylish look, clever humor and a pinch of hot erotic works very well and provides an extremely high entertainment factor. Will Smith, who made himself very scarce after his "After Earth" flop, quickly reaches top form here, whereby he convinces with mischievous charm and casual coolness. Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street") is also a cunning femme fatale with a good cast and will make the pulse of some male viewers beat a bit faster. However, it's not just a pretty accessory, but can also be convincing from an acting point of view - as far as the script allows.
Because its quality drops a bit after the successful start in the second half. This begins with a much too long sequence, in which Nicky faces a betting duel with a businessman portrayed by BD Wong in a somewhat exaggerated manner. The resolution of the scene is ingenious, but the way to get there is a bit too tenacious. The same applies to the storyline that begins three years after the events in New Orleans. This one has some very good moments and successful surprises to offer. But overall he just can't keep up with the fast-paced, extremely fun beginning anymore.
Who knows a little about the genre and listens closely to Nick's explanations in the first half of the film, won't be really surprised by the resolution. Ficarra and Requa really don't invent the wheel here. And at some points you shouldn't take the logic too seriously in order to have untroubled fun with "Focus". But despite some lengthy moments and a certain lack of surprises, the movie can't be denied one thing: its high entertainment value. The crook comedy doesn't want to revolutionize the genre, but simply offer its viewers a good mood with some pleasant show values. And since this works very well, there is a very clear one at the end: Worth seeing!
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