The Consultant is a dark comedy thriller created by Tony Basgallop and based on the 2016 novel by Bentley Little. It was developed by MGM Television and streamed to Amazon Prime Video.
After their boss is murdered, the employees of CompWare are shocked when Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz) arrives, claiming to be a consultant hired to help streamline the company. Creative Liason Elaine Hayman (Brittany O’Grady) is disturbed by his bizarre behavior, including firing people over their smell and making employees fight for vacant offices. Programmer and coder Craig Horne (Nat Wolff) is shaken by a bizarre night out with Regus, causing him to be obsessed with researching the consultant. This puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancee Patti (Aimee Carrero). As Craig and Elaine dig deeper, the mystery of Regus only gets deeper.
The tension and humor are on point in this series. You definitely feel the shivers in your spine as the events unfold before you. The soundtrack also complements this and works with the humor of the events on the screen.
Where it lost me was the way the dialogue was written. All of the actors and actresses did a fine job, so no shade is thrown their way. The issue was with the dialogue itself. It felt forced, exaggerated, and a little too zany. Doing a dark comedy is a balance and I did not feel like this one managed it well.
That being said, I did have a bizarre fascination with the series. Regus is a creepy presence and his intentions are unknown. He is not even really a boss, but slowly takes over the budding company with his forceful presence. I found that to be a bit relatable and from that perspective, it gave some genuine chills and chuckles.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Some gore, Disturbing content, Strong foul language, Substance abuse
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