DIRECTOR: David Dobkin CAST: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard
AWARDS: Golden Globes – Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Robert Duvall) (nominated)
- Acting – 6 out 10
- Overall the acting was pretty decent. There were moments, though, where it seemed choppy and forced. Robert Downey, Jr. portrayed the suave, sarcastic character that he’s so good at playing. Robert Duvall gave a rather good performance.
- Writing/Dialogue – 7 out of 10
- It was a very well-written story, but some of the dialogue was… interestingly worded.
- Diversity – 1 out of 10
- The only POC in this film was the Judge’s bailiff, and if he said anything at all it was only one word. The female characters seemed weak, needy, and dependent upon their male counterparts. Indeed, the women seemed more like a prob than actual characters; there was a shot that was focused on one of their butts as they were walking away. The women never really said anything to one another, which was odd, considering two of them were mother-daughter and had a scene together.
- Cinematography – 7 out of 10
- Except for the obligatory misogynistic ass-shot and some overused aerial city shots, I loved the cinematography.
- Musical Scoring/Sound Editing – 10 out of 10
- The music really accented the intensity of the film quite nicely.
- Continuity – 10 out of 10
- Yeah, I’m going to have to do away with this category as, again, I found nothing.
- Plot/Story – 10 out of 10
- I am a sucker for family dramas and courtroom dramas. And this is both. I found it compelling on both fronts. Not only was it a strong character-driven story, but it was also a strong plot-driven story.
- Time – 10 out of 10
- I found none of the scenes to be either too long or too short. They were of an adequate length to spark and hold intrigue.
- Grandiosity vs Humility – 6 out of 10
- Robert Downey, Jr. has a certain flair for narcissistic grandeur, and it seeped out into the film.