After the hit HBO series Entourage ended in 2011 there was a lot of talk about a feature film. Fans clamored for it for years, but it started looking like it might never happen. Now the boys are back for the much anticipated big screen take on Entourage, but can it capture the same magic that made the show so great or will this be the last call for the gang once and for all?
Entourage follows Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny along with super-agent turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince's directorial debut. All the original cast returns including Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rex Lee, and Debbie Mazar along with Haley Joel Osment, Rhonda Rousey, Billy Bob Thornton, and Emily Ratajkowski folding into the mix. Most of the rest of the cast play versions of themselves with the exception of Thornton and Osment who play a father and son from Texas who is financing the film Vincent is working on. For those fans of the show this is the perfect follow up/continuation to the series picking up shortly after it left off. For those that have never seen the show it is isn’t overly complicated to jump right in as it feeds you just enough info to set it all up. That being said this is a film for the fans of the series bringing numerous characters that we all love back for random appearances and moments that only those fans will understand and find entertaining. Everyone jumps right back in like they never left and flawlessly transition the series to a film. There is some aspect that obviously make it feel just like a long episode, but it flows so well you never feel like you are stuck here for too long.
The new additions all do a great job, with Osment stealing some of his scenes. He is really great in the Texan role and looks to be having a great time. Unlike the numerous cameos throughout the film, Rhonda Rousey actually has a hefty amount to do here and is really good. We all know she is not an actress just yet, but she is not only racking up an impressive resume with this, Furious 7 and Expendables 3, but she is getting more comfortable in the acting role as well. The story is pretty much what you expect from this series with a bigger approach that works and while the focus is on Vince’s project they manage to give everyone their own side storyline keeping the true ensemble nature of the show intact. To be fair while there is a story and a lot of funny moments there isn’t anything overly exciting in this film, but that was expected. What they do is continue the story that began at the beginning of the series and offer it up the perfect ending to cap it off. While everyone is great, Kevin Dillon’s Drama gets some of the best funny moments and so much torment per the norm, but the perfect wrap up to his character that we all hoped for at some point but looked like it would never come.
As mentioned above and from the trailers everyone knows there are a slew of cameos and thanks to the local of this film they all fit in perfectly. Most of them are only a couple of seconds, but still never feel totally forced and in fact not only enhance the fun, but add the believability of the world these guys live in. There is no doubt that if the film does well that the doors could open for more time with the boys and it would be highly welcome, but if not this film is the perfect ending to the excellent series and will hopefully send people that never watched it on the path to binge watching it now. Fans of the show will likely revel in the fun return to their world that works perfectly, but outsiders will likely take a bit more convincing, but if we can get them in the door with a quick recap then they too will no doubt enjoy it.