Denzel Washington gives another great performance here in this solid film that shows a different side of Washington and what he is capable of and backed with a solid supporting cast and great cinematography this is a good film.
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is one of the most interesting, *fictional* characters in film this year. He is a reflection of how man's ideals are slow to catch up with social changes, and how actions motivated by well-intentioned, individual mindsets sometimes hurt more than they help. Denzel Washington and writer/director Dan Gilroy team up to make a tremendous metaphor if you can handle occasionally messy pacing.
A decent film that has its heart in the right place, is well made, is well written, has a great performance by Denzel, but its ending feels rushed & too much of a comforting illusion to what came before. It wants to venture into darker, more noir-like waters but the film tacks on a bit of a Hollywood facade and a pseudo-happy ending to a story about corruption, greed, betrayal, dehumanization, and hopelessness.
The film's ending of Collin Ferrell's character leading the fight against the system is a misfire at best. It should have been Maya taking on over based on the fact that roman choose her as hist successor in the criminal justice battles and the fact that the bougie lawyers were seen as the enemy in the film so it's illogical and disingenuous to believe that a rich white lawyer will be the savior of the masses.
Enigmatic. If Nightcrawler is an anti-capitalist sledgehammer.. this is a.. ??? Not quite sure. But they feel connected. Nightcrawler is villain thriving in our fucked society, Roman J is hero's struggle. The thesis = freedom and dignity don't exist and EVERYONE is complicit in this state of affairs. This bleak vision resonates w/ me more than similar-ish movies that are, in the end, nothing more than redemptive pap.
Not sure what Gilroy was trying to say:
Do we all sell out? - Yes?
Or is selling out an eventuality? - Sure?
And if we do sell out then we have to die because we sold out? - Um, I hope not?
I think it would have worked better with less extreme consequences and a more consistent tone. On the plus side it had a really good soundtrack and I really liked that long dolly shot at the end.