Entourage, Doug Ellin’s film adaptation of his highly popular HBO’s series (which ran from 2004 to 2011) released earlier this month. From what I’ve heard so far, many aren’t impressed with Entourage’s jump to the big screen. In the film, Ari Gold, “E” Murphy, Vince Chase, Turtle and Johnny “Drama” Chase reunite to focus on Vince’s directorial debut in Hollywood.
Despite an estimated $10.4 million opening weekend gross at the box office, many have expressed disappointment in the film’s plot and character development. It received a mere 30% critics’ approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s critics consensus reads “Entourage retains many elements of the HBO series, but feels less like a film than a particularly shallow, cameo-studded extended episode of the show”. One critic has said “The storylines within it are no more ambitious than anything attempted on the show, and some of them are simply lazy, boring and fatuous”. Clearly, many fans were expecting a fresh take on the original series, one that would spark new interest in the Entourage storyline.
I haven’t been able to see the new movie yet, but from what I’ve gathered so far, I can expect Entourage to be a longer and more heavily star-studded episode of the HBO series. For many fans, an extended episode is exactly what they wanted, especially for those who wanted the original show to continue. As a fan of HBO series, I’m still excited to see the film. As long as Entourage hasn’t completely butchered the original story like maybe M. Night Shaymalan’s adaptation* of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, I’m expecting a good night out at the movies.
* I always reference M. Night Shaymalan’s Avatar the Last Airbender as the worst movie I’ve ever seen.