The Rainmaker (1997) – Encore Review


“Sworn in by a fool and vouched for by a scoundrel. I’m a lawyer at last. ” – Rudy Baylor

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’97, video, cable, DVD, 1 Aug 2006, 29 Aug 2017 and 3 Sep 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young lawyer just out of Law school must face an Insurance conglomerate when he is hired by a client who’s son is dying of Cancer.

My Take on it – I have been a fan of John Grisham’s novels for over 25 years and this is clearly the best film adaptation of his work.

I recently reread this novel and was captivated by the story once again even though I already knew what would happen.

I decided to rewatch the film in order to see the various differences between the page and screen.

The story itself stays griping from start to finish and there are some great twists and turns along the way.

The entire cast is superbly chosen and having Matt Damon play the lead was a great choice because he really personifies the character of Rudy Baylor based on Grisham’s descriptions.

The story moves along at a great pace and despite the various technical law jargon, they still manage to keep things understandable even for the layman.

Yes, there are numerous differences between the novel and the film but most of them can be seen as being cosmetic but overall the book is much better because it gives us so much more detail as to how the story unfolds.

That being said the moves is among the best adaptations of a book to the screen and remains thoroughly entertaining throughout.

Bottom Line – Excellent story that stays gripping throughout. The cast is superb and Damon was the perfect choice for the lead largely due to his baby face look. The story moves along at a great pace and we manage to get a complete picture of everything that is going on despite the intricacies of the law terminology.  No question that this is the best Grisham adaptation to the screen and we get to watch his twists and turns unfold along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Francis Ford Coppola encouraged Matt Damon to stay in his character’s apartment in order to immerse himself in the role. Coppola was then able to sneak some shots of Damon waking up in the morning. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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