Sometimes when artists with wildly different aesthetic styles collaborate, the resulting work melds those competing sensibilities into something wholly unique. Other times, no artistic middle ground can be found and you’re stuck with a Frankenstein’s monster. The Counselor, a film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy, is far more the latter than the former.
Michael Fassbender stars as the title character, a slick lawyer who is madly in love with Laura (Penélope Cruz). He asks her to marry him and she agrees, though she is unaware that serious financial troubles have prompted him to fund a drug deal with a shady but e...