Sometimes there are great movies because the acting is amazing. And sometimes the story is so unique it blows you away just by expanding your mind a little bit. Sometimes a movie is just so beautiful you just have to respect it as great. However, The Lincoln Lawyer is none of these things, but it's still a great movie, which is why I saw it 3 days ago and the review is just coming now.
His ex-wife (Marisa Tomei) is a prosecutor and obviously still in love with his charm and aging boyish looks. They have a daughter together and these relationships show us the cracks in Mick's armor. He has to represent dangerous clients, but always know that is family is safe. And until he meets a pretty boy with a lot of money, he's never worried about it. Louis Roulet is someone he has NEVER had to work for, and doesn't play by the same rules.
The legal issues being discussed are really great - what do you do if you know your client is much worse than he's being accused of? How do you bring justice to his victims when you're bound by attorney-client privilege? The movie takes us on this whirlwind tour with Mick, and you NEVER see it coming. Very well made movie. The entire audience gasped during one of the climax scenes. Great movie theater experience.
This is probably evident from the trailer alone, but being able to come up with a title as unique and simple as The Lincoln Lawyer is not a common occurrence these days. Mick wants to be just and a little bit noble - like our former president, but he also does all of his business from a Lincoln town car. I will say, having a title that drives (pun intended) you into the story is something I gotta say I like.
A note about the marketing of this movie - they got it right on the money. The trailer shows you what the movie's about, but doesn't give you the best lines or scenes. One scene from the trailer is not even in the movie, but is exactly a tone the movie uses. Several of the scenes are much more complex than the trailer lets you in on. For a nice change, you can find out whether this movie will interest you (it should), but not have a clue about the film itself.
Finally - 4.5 of 5 stars/lambs
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