The Lincoln Lawyer Movie Review

lincoln_lawyer_posterIn the 1990’s and early 2000’s legal thrillers and dramas were all the rage.  John Grisham became a household name, and Julia Roberts won an Academy Award for Erin Brockovich.   As popular as they were however, they eventually faded away from the movie screen and let their television counterparts take over.  Matthew McConaughey’s career began by him starring in serious movies, including an adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time To Kill where he played a lawyer, but in recent years he has ended up finding himself playing the lead in romantic comedy after romantic comedy.  In the Lincoln Lawyer the legal thriller makes a comeback to the big screen, while bringing Matthew McConaughey back to a more serious role.

Defense attorney Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) conducts most of his business out of his Lincoln Town car.  He’s a charismatic lawyer who knows how to get what he wants, but when he’s handed the case of his career he finds that he may be in over his head.  Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is a Beverly Hills Playboy who is the son of a billionaire real estate business woman accused of assault and battery to a local prostitute.  As Mick investigates the case he discovers links to an old case, and starts to wonder whether or not his client is as innocent as he’s claiming to be.  Before too long he starts to fear for the life of his ex-wife (Marisa Tomei) and child, as he looks for a way to bend the client-attorney rights of his client.

The Lincoln Lawyer is one of those movies that entertains you at the start, and begins to bore you by the end.  You really just want it to be over with before it does end.  This isn’t a big knock against it, it’s just the movie is slightly too long for what it is.  Perhaps it is because you are so used to watching hour long legal dramas on TV that you are spoiled by how quickly they can come to a resolution.  Matthew McConaughey does an incredible job in his role, and he is the reason you keep watching it.  He demonstrates why he should continue acting in serious roles and let the romcom roles be a thing of the past.  William H. Macy does a great job playing Frank Levin, Mick’s investigator, and it’s a shame that he wasn’t in the movie for more than he was.  Marisa Tomei was surprisingly not all that memorable in her role, nor was Ryan Phillippe, although the latter did manage to get his character under your skin.  The biggest problem with this movie was the twists and turns it made.  They seemed unnecessary and really added more to the movie than it needed.

Over all Matthew McConaughey carried this movie.  If you decide to go you’ll sit back and enjoy it for what it is, but in the long term it won’t be on anyone’s top ten lists, nor will it be remembered.  It’ll be a movie you’ll see just to get out of the house, and you’ll home out feeling like you weren’t ripped off.

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