Thursday, 16 October 2014
A brash, aggressive and successful big city lawyer (Robert Downey Jr) returns to his small town of origin to attend his mother's funeral and finds his father, the long serving local Judge, (Robert Duvall) facing a serious criminal charge.
'The Judge' has received some mixed reviews and low ratings which I think is rather harsh. It is a well acted film with an original plot that doesn't entirely follow predictable lines. Yes, there is the occasional misstep. One of those is the moment when an unexpected court room confession brings a noisy intake of breath from the assembled observers; a rather silly unintentionally comical moment.
Overall this is a superior drama about family relationships.