Review – The Lincoln Lawyer

During the 90’s the courtroom drama was all the rage such as ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘A Time To Kill’ and ‘The Firm’. Over the years the craze died off with most courtroom dramas moving to the small screen but a comeback of the genre to the big screen could be in the works thanks to ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’. In ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a legal gun for hire who does business out of the back of his car. Mick decides to represent a Beverly Hills rich kid Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) hoping for a big payday but the case turns sour and he needs to use every trick in the book to achieve justice. ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ is a good legal thriller with a solid ensemble cast and a cracking story but too much legal jargon and lack of action takes this film down a few notches.

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ is based on the novel by Michael Connelly and the plot has some good twists and turns to keep you engaged right up until the finale. The legal landscape is populated by some interesting characters and due to the fact that the main character deals with the shadier side of the legal system you get characters different from the standard legal drama. The ensemble cast are great with Matthew McConaughey back in fine form driving the film forward and taking a break from romantic comedy duties (thank God, the man has skills!). Big mentions to Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas and Brian Cranston all in support duties doing a great job.

I’m not usually a big fan of legal thrillers due to the fact the script is clogged up with a lot of legal jargon and there is a lot in ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ which can be expected but if you’re not following closely you will get lost. The film is light on punch when it comes to thrills with more focus on the courtroom side of things which can become a little boring but the story holds your attention enough to get you through.

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ puts the legal thriller back on the big screen in a good way and could set up a new franchise. Matthew McConaughey puts a stamp on his character and I look forward to seeing him do it all again if plans are put in motion for sequels.


The Popcorn Junkie