[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #a9a883;”] R [/dropcap]obert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. – that’s really all that I need to see in order to be sold on The Judge. Duvall, of course, is always worth watching and Downey Jr., despite his massive blockbuster success being interspersed with some rather run-of-the-mill projects like Due Date and The Soloist, is always a good reason to see a film as well.
Their coupling follows a hot-shot lawyer son (Downey Jr.) who returns to his small, rural hometown after his mother’s death. While there, he learns that his estranged father (Duvall, in a part originally offered to and turned down by Jack Nicholson), a hard-nosed local judge, is suspected of murder and he decides to stick around and defend his father and probably learn some life lessons along the way.
The story doesn’t appear to be anything particularly innovative, but it packs a supporting cast that also includes Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Vera Farmiga. It’s directed by David Dobkins, best known for his directorial duties on Wedding Crashers and Shanghai Knights, which doesn’t inspire much confidence), but overall, despite the cheesy overly-inspirational music and a bit of eye-roll inducing dialogue (“sometimes you have to forgive in order to be forgiven”), this looks like a solid, if not a little too Oscar-baity, early fall movie.
The film opens up stateside on October 10, 2014.
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