The Gingerbread Man (1998)


“The only exercise you are gettin’ is jumpin’ to conclusions. ” – Lois

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After having a one night stand with a caterer, a Southern Lawyer agrees to represent her in a case against her father.

My Take on it – I’m a very big fan of John Grisham’s written work, but this original screenplay that he wrote has a good idea that just isn’t executed very well.

The plot itself is way too convoluted and constantly loses focus as things more along.

This makes the viewer lose interest quite quickly.

Kenneth Branagh is an amazing actor (and director) yet chose a really poor Grisham story to take part in.

This is by far, one of Grisham’s weakest stories and the fact that he chose to leave it as a screenplay instead of as a full novel was a mistake because he might have otherwise been able to flesh out the characters and story so much better than the final product.

Bottom Line – Plot is too convoluted and loses focus too often to be interesting at all. Branagh is a great actor but chose a really poor Grisham adaptation to appear in. Definitely one of Grisham’s weakest stories and the fact that this was just a screenplay and not a novel that would take its time fleshing out the characters and story.  Instead, it takes so much away from a potentially interesting idea.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When released in 1998, this was the only John Grisham film not adapted from one of his novels. Instead, it was from an original screenplay from Grisham himself. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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