This is a solid thriller, that largely benefits from a very charismatic performance from Matthew McConaughey, The film does seem to go on a bit too long and it could have been much tighter in its plotting, but the courtroom scenes are wittily handled and I was invested all the way through.
The thriller dedicated to the attorney running his practice from the back of a car with license plate reading 'NTGUILTY'!, which takes us back to the times when lawyers dealing with such cases would be suitable roles for Jeff Bridges ... or indeed Paul Newman
This is what an average film should be, it is above average except the first twenty minutes or so when I was thinking about changing the channel and the last three before the credits but other than that it's a good four star film even though I am not going to become a fan of it.
Sherry Lansing used to greenlight movies like this by the bucketload, but other than one or two releases every year, these kind of dramas are relegated (a poor term, as the best of them are great) to TV. The Lincoln Lawyer was pure popcorn with not a superhero in sight. I loved how Los Angeles looked. ldeally this will turn into a franchoise and a few more crime novels will be adapted to film.
Lincoln Lawyer is a movie about a defense lawyer who's client will do anything to make no deals. Although the film has some good points and has the look and feel of an episode of Entourage, the dialog is very cookie cutter Hollywood which makes the story all the much more predictable. That is why it gets three stars from me.
I didn't really want to like this movie; halfway through I was sure I'd like it; at the end I was somewhere in the middle. I can't stress enough how much I hate McConaughey, but he's actually all right. He's not really the problem. The problem is that the movie takes itself incredibly seriously. It's an extended Law & Order episode with some wannabe character arcs thrown in.
So glad I saw this with the gun nuts at the dollar theater out in mattydale. they sure did whoop and holler when mconnaughey pulled out his illicitly acquired gun in the end. 50 yrs from now some hipster will be fetishizing this as a millenial noir classic.