If I were doing one sentence reviews I’d go with this:
Focus tries hard but ultimately fails because it is stingless.
Yes, you heard right, and that was… pun intended. The brand new Will Smith con man movie begins, really, with a small con within a minute of starting, and then works its way up the ladder of higher risks and greater rewards. Unfortunately for us – the only people who will be reaping the rewards are the film makers, because they share in ticket sales.
However, opening this film at the end of February should be a big clue about this films’ worthiness. So it is my guess, that the film makers and producers, they too will be short-changed.
I expected some fun – and got some – but far less than I expected. Laugh-out-loud moments were few and far between. I expected to enjoy Will Smith, the erstwhile Fresh Prince. At one time he was the king of blockbusters. When a Will Smith film opened it was either a Memorial Day Weekend (Men in Black 3), a July 4th weekend (Hancock, Independence Day, Men in Black 2, Wild Wild West, and Men in Black), or a Christmas Day (Ali) or Christmas season (The Pursuit of Happyness) opening. He got those dates because he sold tickets, And he sold tickets because he was good. Like money in the bank.
Not this time.
The set up goes like this. Will Smith is called Nicky, and his family tree includes con artists going back at least as far as Nicky’s grandfather. Nicky learned from the best, and it will surprise no one that he is very good at what he does.
Soon enough, Margot Robbie, who wowed everyone in The Wolf of Wall Street, shows up an attaches herself to Nicky. She’s called Jess, and truth be told, she’s a grifter. She even tries one on Nicky, but it goes no where.