Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Judge (2014)

Director: David Dobkin. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Leighton Meester. 141 min. Rated R. Drama.

Hotshot city lawyer's father, the presiding judge of his small hometown for 42 years, is accused of DUI-related manslaughter. The son goes to defend him in court; the father despises his antics. This courtroom drama makes beautiful use of two great movie personas we've come to know: the arrogant egotistical presence Downey Jr. created in Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, and the grandfather-like figure Duvall has lived for decades. But the movie goes on for too long, with subplots and characters (the daughter, the high school sweetheart) reiterating what we already know. And Billy Bob could've been so much better.

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