Good day to you ladies and gents, time for a quick review and this time I’ll be reviewing The Judge. I actually saw this film last week Monday but haven’t been able to blog about it until now because of numerous other life factors that kept getting in the way. I know it has been a good few weeks since this film’s initial release, but I had to see and review it for this blog. So with that in mind let’s get started.
So The Judge, it’s not bad, but it could have been better. I think the main reasons why this film wasn’t as engaging as other dramatic films I’ve seen this year is because of the story, it has elements that work like the fractured relationship between the main characters; Henry Palmer and Judge Joseph Palmer, however everything all unfolds in a very so-so manner, like there is a lack of emotion for all the drama that has happened so you end up not caring that much either. It also doesn’t help that besides the two main characters, everyone is not as developed so you end up not caring about them as much. A lot of critics have claimed that this film plays out as a TV drama than one that belongs in a film on the big screen and to a degree I can see what they’re saying.
I think I liked this film a bit more than most, mainly because of the performances from the cast. Robert Downey, Jr. was great as Henry “Hank” Palmer, it is kind of hard to separate this character from RDJ’s natural personality and work in other films, it is like he just plays himself in films and it just works. The guy can do humour and drama and can find the balance between the two very nicely. The next great performance comes from Robert Duvall as Judge Joseph Palmer, I’ve always heard good things about Duvall and he was definitely a wonderful and powerful presence in this film. He has a good screen presence and together with RDJ they have great chemistry and a believable father-son relationship. The rest of the cast is fine, Vera Farmiga was delightful as Samantha Powell, but not overly special, Vincent D’Onofrio as Glen Palmer is fine, but I feel like someone of his talent was underused and I couldn’t get a feel for his acting skills considering that he’ll be the Kingpin in Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil series next year. And Jeremy Strong as Dale Palmer was one of my favourite performances even though he had a small part and seeing Billy Bob Thornton again as Dwight Dickham was cool and he was good in his role too.
In conclusion The Judge is a pretty good film, while it does go on a little longer than it should and not all of the emotional material hits the right notes, however, when the film works, it works well largely thanks to its talented cast.
So what did you think of The Judge? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Peace. 🙂