The Lincoln Lawyer

November 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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I saw this movie twice (once on a plane) and, both times, it was exactly what I thought it would be: a paint-by-the-numbers court room drama.  Which is to say, I enjoyed it for exactly what it was.  Matthew McConaughey is the right actor for this role; he can be slick enough and shallow enough to play a cynical lawyer but, ultimately, is pretty enough that the audience wants to believe him when he develops a conscience.  For the same reasons (he’s beautiful), Ryan Phillippe also works as the villain.; just as we love to root for the redemption of a pretty boy, we also love to be creeped out by the irredeemable ones.  Though the twists and turns were all fairly obvious (and broadcasted loudly), I never quite knew what they would look like exactly and, in a film like this, that was good enough for me.

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