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Review: Robert Downey Jr. is guilty of being shameless in ‘The Judge’
Someone really, really needs a hug from Robert Downey Sr.
Written by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, and a blender full of better legal thrillers and family dramas, “The Judge” has been directed by David Dobkin almost entirely in ornate second-unit establishing shots and dramatic entrances. It is an insistent film, and “subtle” isn’t even a consideration. This is a movie that will tell you the same piece of information nine times to make a point because it has no faith at all that you will understand it. It also features more endings than “Return Of The King,” and it feels like a movie the younger, rowdier Robert Downey Jr. would have made fun of mercilessly.
Honestly, as soon as the first scene with Downey played out, I started to worry. There’s a trial. He’s a big high-powered defense attorney. We meet him standing at a urinal. The opposing counsel, played by David Krumholtz, comes in to confront him.
Guess what happens then. Go ahead. Guess. Did you guess that he pees on Krumholtz? You did? Well, congratulations, you also have seen a movie before. During that same scene, Krumholtz starts asking Downey how he sleeps at night and Downey stops him. “Let me finish that cliche for you,” he says, as if that somehow justifies the next 130 minutes of painful cliche. Simply acknowledging it does not excuse it, but the film plunges in without ever looking back, and it goes from pedestrian to painful to unintentionally funny before finally petering out somewhere around interminable.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Judge’
Gavels are slammed, tempers are lost and bowels are evacuated with great force in David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” an engrossing, unwieldy hurricane of a movie that plays like a small-town courtroom thriller by way of a testosterone-fueled remake of “August: Osage County.” Some elements ring truer than others in this ambitious blend of dysfunctional-family melodrama and legal procedural, but all of them are just about held together by the ferocious onscreen chemistry between two Roberts (Duvall and Downey Jr.), playing an overbearing father and a black-sheep son who find their already tense relationship literally put on trial. Refreshing as it is to see Downey step out of the Iron Man suit for a spell, the jury’s still out on whether an impressive talent roster can draw enough grown-up eyeballs to this overlong, resolutely old-fashioned male weepie, set for release Oct. 10 by Warner Bros.
For all the creakily elaborate Tennessee Williams-meets-John Grisham machinations cooked up by screenwriters Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque (working from a story by Dobkin and Schenk), “The Judge” pivots on a simple yet inspired stroke of casting, pitting Duvall’s iconic gravitas against Downey’s razor-sharp wit, and then supplying no shortage of opportunities for both men to chew the scenery. Given that their characters are members of a legal profession that invites all manner of verbal pyrotechnics and rhetorical showmanship, the actors are all too happy to oblige.
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‘The Judge’ Toronto Review: Robert Downey Jr. Looms Large, Film Doesn’t
There must be a multitude of Hollywood actors who seethe at the effortless charisma Robert Downey Jr. has at his disposal, giving him the ability to turn even deeply average material into compulsive viewing. David Dobkin’s “The Judge” doesn’t qualify as average, but without Downey Jr.’s dazzlingly emphatic turn as a hotshot Chicago lawyer lured home to defend his estranged, cantankerous father (Robert Duvall) from a deadly hit-and-run charge, it probably would.
With franchise work consuming his hours following that overlong stretch in the wilderness, “The Judge” arrives as Downey Jr.’s first meaty dramatic role since Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” in 2009, and seemingly comes mixed from the same formula: middlebrow awards bait with the potential for landing him the Big One. Downey Jr.’s only Best Actor Oscar nomination to date came for “Chaplin” two decades ago (he landed a supporting nod for “Tropic Thunder”) but his turn as Hank Palmer could well break that duck.
Read full article at: IndieWire