MOVIE THEATER REVIEW: “The Judge” stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder), Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Jack Reacher), Vera Farmiga (Source Code, The Conjuring), Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon, Fargo [TV series]), Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black, Full Metal Jacket), Jeremy Strong (Robot & Frank, Lincoln), Dax Shepard (Zathura, Parenthood [TV series]), Leighton Meester (That’s My Boy, Date Night), and Emma Tremblay (Elysium, The Giver). It centers around a very successful defensive attorney named Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) who, while starting a court case, gets a call that his mother has passed away. He then goes back to his hometown, which he hasn’t been to in over twenty years. Once he gets there, he is greeted by his brothers Dale (Strong) and Glenn (D’Onofrio). He basically wants to get to the funeral and get out because him and his father Judge Joseph Palmer (Duvall) have always disliked each other. When the funeral is over, Judge leaves that night to go to the grocery store. The next morning when Hank is leaving, the police find traces of a man’s blood on his father’s car after he brought it back home dented. Now the Judge is going to be put on trial and Hank has to get him out using his impressive attorney skills.
I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while. Mostly because of the actors and it looked like a good movie. And “The Judge” was a pretty good movie. The story was done well. The acting, of course, was fantastic, giving props to Downey Jr. and Duvall. I thought that this movie put out a good vibe, displaying a town that a man doesn’t want to come back to only to find that he was missing out all along. The courtroom scenes were so good, giving a great feel of what it is like to be in a courtroom. It also got heated up at times, which made it amazing. There were two cons that I could think of when it comes to this movie. The first being that this movie tried a little too hard to be sentimental. It works for most of the film, but in some places they aren’t really necessary because it takes away from the initial plot of the courtroom. The last con would be the bathroom scene. There is this one scene in a bathroom where Duvall throws up. Downey Jr. goes to comfort him by getting him up. When he does that though, Duvall craps himself and it spills all over the floor. This didn’t seem needed and it disgusted/shocked me. Overall this movie did well for itself. It provided good storytelling and it pleased me. I recommend anyone try this movie! FINAL SCORE: 82%= Juicy Popcorn
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