I actually got exactly what I was looking for in this movie. The powerful emotion, the pull and tug of inner toil and the chemistry between characters. There wasn’t much romance (which you know is my thing) but the small bit there satisfied me. The strong riff between father and child, both on the same side of the law, both with strangely impossible, different views of the justice system sold the story. I commend the director, David Dobkin, and the four writers that worked on this story.
It really touched me. It touches the heart strings. Makes you want to cry but then you don’t. Makes you want to laugh but then you just smile. The almost ‘wow’ factor that it holds is beautiful. Waiting to see what would happen next, the surety that I already know; then comes the confusion as to where it will actually end up. I hadn’t seen the preview in a while and when i decided to choose the movie in Redbox I thought, why not. I chose it, along with the last review’s movie and knew I’d watch it second. I’m glad I did. I don’t think I’d be prepared or willing to watch another movie after this one. I oddly felt a kindred connection with Hank. Not that I had some big hot shot college life style or that I turned out to be any semblance of a successful person but in his relationship with his parent.
I know that the reason they have these pulling-the-heart-strings movies and the reason they work so well is because there ARE people out there like you and me. Those of us who have struggled so hard to fit into a category planned by our parents or those of us who were trying to get out of it. These types of movies seem like some kind of telepathic retelling of our own childhoods turned twenty-something turned adulthood lives. We gravitate towards these types of movies thinking that in the end everything will come together just how we want our own lives to.
It’s true, none of those directors, writers, dreamers or sappy editors could say anything different. Outside of sex, completely relatable story lines for the average American human will work every single time. We stand in line, we wait and we watch. Then we cry or smile a little, wipe our faces and leave. In the end, when everything is going to hell we have a vision of how everything will work out or fix itself in some kind of rightful but also injustice type of way. Sounds contradictory but it is just how our minds work. Whether or not we are actually correct doesn’t matter. What matters is that the movie was great, I know feel emotional about my life and my relationship with that one parent or person and I am going to subtly tell all of my friends who seem to be struggling to see The Judge.
There you have it. I’m not sure what I can say as to what i actually mean for this movie. If I had a rating scale for my reviews it wouldn’t be on it. I’d say watch the movie, give me your thoughts. I’d love to hear if it touched you the way it touched me.
P.S. Casting did one of the best jobs ever pairing Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. They worked well together. I didn’t expect RD Jr to be any less like his Tony Stark character and now believe it’s firmly become apart of his actual personality (or is it the other way around?). Due to my many years of Law and Order I always knew it’d be exciting to see Vincent D’Onofrio, Detective Goren, again!