“My father is a lot of unpleasant things, but murderer is not one of them. ” – Hank Palmer
Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Oct 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A very successful defense attorney must return to his home town and defend his father (the town judge) when he is accused of murder.
My Take on it – I heard about this movie months ago and have been very interested in seeing it for some time based on the fact that I know how great both Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. are; I really wanted to see them work together in this film.
Their dynamics together as father and son are spot on and works well in scenes where they get along or are bickering.
The way that the complex backstory of their lives is slowly peeled away layer by layer like an onion is great and as we learn more and more about their lives, the closer we can feel to them.
I know that a lot of people claim that the plot is stock and very predictable, but I think that the uniqueness here is the way the actors themselves help move the story along together.
This is ultimately a story about making up for the past and I personally love the way they did it.
Bottom Line – Downey Jr. and Duvall are amazing together. The seemingly generic themes are elevated by an interesting and complex storyline and the expertise of these two great actors. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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It’s funny–the critics seem to hate this one, yet everyone else seems to think it’s great. I don’t know if I want to go to the theater for this one, but sounds like I may have to give it a rental! Nice review, Rob!
Yea, no need to see this one in the theater. Nice to see you around Cara. Hope all is well!
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Read a lot of unflattering stuff on this. Interesting to hear another take.
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