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Friday, December 19, 2014

Report Card----"The Judge"

Robert Downey Jr. is an unscrupulous Chicago hotshot lawyer.
Robert Duvall is his estranged highly-scrupulous small-town judge father.
Logical circumstances force the two of them together, where their estrangement is tested.
This sets the movie in motion.
And it does it very well.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

Here and there.

Is it controversial?

There are moral questions that are interestingly dealt with.

Is it a story worth telling?

It is a ripping yarn.

Is it good storytelling?

Basically, yes.

Is it well written?

Yes. Very.

Is it well cast? Well played?

You've got Downey, and you've got Duvall.
You can't hardly do better than that.
And Vincent D'Inofrio, a "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" fave, a little older looking, and a little chubbier, does a nice turn as Downey's brother.

Well shot?


Is it too long? Too short?

A little long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?


Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

At first, there seemed to be about four endings, which made it seem long first, and predictable.
Then, they hit me with the fifth ending, which totally blindsided me, and wrapped up the movie really well.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

It's self contained, and not really provocative.
But not all of them have to be.
No Grade.

Is it funny?

Here and there.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

I could have waited for HBO.

Is it impressive ?

On several levels.

Overall grade: A-.

This one has a lot going for it.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."