All great con movies have a certain class and style about them. Glen Ficarra and John Requa’s Focus is by no means a great, but carries its only swagger thanks to its glamorous cast and settings.
Will Smith plays Nicky; the most professional of conmen who takes rookie Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing when she fails in an attempt to outsmart him. Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade – enlightening her on the art of diverting the focus of the victim as well as introducing her to his con crew who she ultimately becomes a part of.
However, when the usually measured and slick Nicky embraces feelings for Jess, things become complicated between the two. From then on it is a guessing game over who is playing who tangled with this romance complicated by some serious trust issues.
Focus is no masterpiece. The storyline in places is sloppy and there are moments of genuine disbelief, which is disappointing. The ending in particular leaves a lot to be desired. However, the two headline acts certainly make up for any sloppiness with their classy presence on screen.
Smith and Robbie share a very watchable chemistry, packed with sexiness, comedy and charm. There were a host of potential actors who came close to taking up the two roles but the pair fit the bill perfectly.
Likewise, Focus’ glamorous settings also dazzle as it hops from New Orleans to New York to Buenos Aires.
Focus is a fun, easy and stylish watch with some classy performances but perhaps this is merely an attempt to strain our focus from its faults.