The Judge movie review

The Judge

The Judge movie review

This is another movie I had wanted to see in theaters, however I didn’t exactly make it; so when I saw it was finally on DVD, I knew I had to check it out and I’m super glad I did.  It was honesty one of the best movies I’ve seen in quite some time, but I will say that I did not expect it to be as emotional as it was.  There’s a good amount of adult language in it, however no so much concerning the adult situations.  I wouldn’t really consider this to be a kids movie because I’m not quite sure they would understand the concept of the movie and how real it actually is.

The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. who plays a guy who left the small town to become a hot shot lawyer in Chicago; he is also known as Robert Duvall’s son in this movie.  Duvall plays a small town judge that has been on the bench for over 40 years.

The Judge starts out with us getting to know Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.), how he lives his daily lawyer life while balancing the dysfunctional marriage, along with trying to be the best father he can.  Hank ends up leaving the big city, for what he thinks is a quick visit to his childhood home to attend his mother’s funeral.  He then learns before returning to the big city, that his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder.  He then sets out to discover the truth and along the way slowly tries to reconnect with the family he walked away from years before due to family politics and dynamics.

We also meet Hank’s bother, played by Vincent D’Onofrio and learn that he’s part of the reason for Hank leaving.  Dax Shephard also stars in this movie as the small town’s lawyer who starts out defending Duvall.  Billy Bob Thornton ends up playing the DA that tries to take down the Palmer family. There are MANY other well known actors in this movie that you’ll also enjoy watching!

Can this big city lawyer put his feelings aside and hopefully clear his father’s name?

I laughed, I cried, and then I realized how good of an actor Downey Jr. is!  I guess I haven’t watched too many movies staring Downey Jr., but I think I may have to now.  He was such a likable and relatable character.  Duvall played such a heart wrenching character that it remember how good he really is as his job.

I highly recommend this movie…it’s SO good and SO real.


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