By: Lawrence Foster
Editor – Vision Magazine
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Over the years, Ihave had a love-hate relationship with Matthew McConaughey.
Unlike many women who go to his movies just to see him, Idon’t swing that way so Iexpect acting and it has been a mixed-bag with him over the years.
I loved him in A Time to Kill, and equally despised him in Sahara.
So, heading into The Lincoln Lawyer, I had no idea what to expect and much of that had to do with McConaughey.
I left the theater pleasantly surprised and on good terms with the oft-shirtless one, at least until he makes another Two for the Money.
As the title suggests, McConaughey plays Mick Haller, a lawyer who conducts his business in the back of a Lincoln. In this role, McConaughey is in his element. Haller is quick-whitted and street smart.
We find out early that Haller is slick and gets results, although not always the “right” way. As long as Haller gets paid, he is your man if you find yourself in hot water.
Early in the film, Haller is hired by Beverly Hills spoiled brat Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippee) and his mother, Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher).
Roulet has been charged with rape and assault, but to start off Haller doesn’t care whether he did it or not. He just cares about the green and how much of it he can get.
That outlook quickly changes though as Haller finds out more about the incident.
As usual, I will not get in depth in the plot because I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone.
I can say that the twists (obviously there will be twists in a thriller) are worth it.
One of my gripes with the film is that the superb supporting cast, including Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo and Michael Pena, aren’t put to good use.
That’s not to say their talents go to waste, but there isn’t enough time spent developing the characters.
Usually you hear people saying how a film would have been better with time cut off. In the case of The Lincoln Lawyer, the opposite is true. If the film was 20-25 minutes longer there could have been more development of the characters and their interactions with each other. The relationships in particular I would have liked to seen fleshed out were the one between haller and his ex-wife Maggie McPherson (Tomei) and Haller and Frank Levin (Macy).
Other than that minor gripe, though, there isn’t anything I can find wrong with the film.
McConaughey plays the reluctant hero to near perfection and in a few scenes, the audience can see that underneath the hard exterior, Haller has a good heart.