Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio
Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died. Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family.
I thought this was going to try and be a more light hearted movie, since Robert Downey Jr. was in the starring role. He is always trying to be too funny in movies. He tried in this one as well, but it seemed to come from a different place, a more breaking the tension instead of "I'm the witty man". The rest of the cast was great in it. Robert Duvall was a class act as he always is. He fit that character better than anyone could. It was a little hard to believe Robert Downey Jr. and Vincent D'Onofrio as brothers, but it is the movies.
The story was well written and performed. This was a simple story with many layers, but not enough where you could become lost, not at all. You are taking a look into this family's life to see how they ended here in court fighting for their father, a former court judge.
This is a movie that did not do well, and it did receive bad rating from the critics, this time they were wrong. This is not the greatest movie, but it is really good. You get a peek into this family's life for a moment. They are dysfunctional, but that is what makes them good. Enjoy.
The Judge (2014) Trailer