The Judge is a drama starring Robert Downey Jr., a big city defense attorney, who returns to his small hometown for his mother’s funeral and sees his father, played by Robert Duvall. Duvall is a judge in the small town. There is a history between these two and Downey’s character hasn’t returned for many years. All of this is compounded when Duvall’s character is charged with the murder of a man that he put away for 20 years and Downey’s character has to fight to keep his father out of jail. Downey’s character has to decide, in the end, whether he is actually happy doing the typical “big city lawyer” thing and also has to make some tough choices on whether working around the rules to get somebody off of a charge is better than telling the truth. I actually didn’t hear about this movie until it was very close to being released, so I didn’t think that it was going to be much of a movie, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall work very well together, both taking control of the film but not overpowering the other. I felt that they had great time with this film. Not only is it a drama, with some really dramatic scenes, it has a lot of funny scenes as well, making it feel more down to earth and not so serious that it seems fake. They all have good days and bad days and the characters seem like actual people and not just characters. Many of the supporting cast are big names as well that you will recognize such as Vera Farmiga playing Downey’s high school sweetheart, Billy Bob Thornton playing the prosecutor, Vincent D’Onofrio playing one of the brothers, and Dax Shepard playing the small town lawyer who also runs an antique store. They all do a great job, and even though these sound like cliché rolls, they all bring something new to each performance. I would suggest going out to see this movie or getting your hands on it at some point. This is a good new drama starring some great actors. I’d give it a four out of five, because in my opinion, this is probably one of the best dramas that I’ve seen in a while.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.