Movie Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Laywer Movie Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer is a slick and entertaining old-school legal thriller. It’s an old-school John Grisham style flick that should appeal to fans of his books and the movies based upon them. Matthew McConaughey gives his best performance in years as a slick, arrogant lawyer who cuts corners, represents scumbags, and struts to hip hop music in cool aviator Ray Ban sunglasses. It’s a tribute to McConaughey that he somehow still earns audience sympathy considering the character’s initial callow worldview and attitude. Smirking and preening, McConaughey and a game and solid supporting cast, make The Lincoln Lawyer an entertaining escapist entertainment.

The Lincoln Lawyer is based on a best-seller and concerns an arrogant lawyer named Mick Haller (McConaughey) who takes on a new case involving a weathly and spoiled punk (played well by Ryan Phillipe) who is accused of assaulting a prostitute he picked up in a seedy bar. Twists and turns push the movie forward along with a good supporting cast including Marisa Tomei and the terrific William H Macy as an associate of Haller’s. The truth isn’t black and white and the ending will keep audiences guessing. The Lincoln Lawyer isn’t perfect and it goes on about one ending too long, but it’s a brainy and engaging legal drama and comes highly recommended.

Grade: B+

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