Really enjoyed rewatching Coppola telling a straightforward story with a bittersweet aftertaste. It's uncomplicated, yet expertly shot and compelling throughout. The impeccable cast elevates an experience that would otherwise be a little too familiar. This made me miss a good legal thriller, a subgenre that has been dead for 10 years and should make a comeback.
In my opinion, THE RAINMAKER is the best novel adaptation from John Grisham. This movie actually offered a simple storytelling. A typical "zero to hero" plot. Somehow, director Francis Ford Coppola knew how to make this movie feels engaging, yet exciting. THE RAINMAKER succeed because it has "heart" in it. We could feel sympathy to each characters. Matt Damon did a very good job as the leading man. It's entertaining.
A "rainmaker" is a lawyer, who wins his case & achieves a payout. Once you know this, you know the movie. So, it is about other things (1) how he does it against all odds (2) about the questionable American system of justice (3) about moral value. There are a lot of cliches & stereotypes in this, but the excellent cast, the well constructed story (3 in 1) & a great director more than offsets them. Above average.
Satisfying court drama, even if losing some of it's well-held integrity by the end. Couple of characters, notably Rourke's and Glover's, seem somewhat unfinished. And even though the film doesn't venture too much into caricature and banal moralizing, one can't help to think how much better would this topic be explored in hands of someone like Lumet.
A movie about a green lawyer taking on a crooked insurance company loses screen time to a romantic drama about a green lawyer falling for a battered spouse. Danny Devito gets lost in the resulting shuffle.
Difficile che dai libri di Grisham venga tratto un brutto film;poi se lo metti in mano a Coppola il rischio è quasi nullo.Il bello di questo lavoro è che non segue il cliche' abituale dei lega-thriller hollywoodiani:arringhe perfette,immagini sensazionali e toni sopra le righe.Quì tutto risulta più calibrato,più pacato,insomma più vero.Forse troppo politicamente corretto,ma è un buon Francis che merita la visione.
One of the most overlooked films of the 1990's, great performances from Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Mickey Rourke, Claire Danes. Dean Stockwell (one scene only) and a surprisingly good performance coming from Jon Voight, one of his greatest from more recent films. The plot is very intriguing, interesting, it tells a lot about the judicial and lawyers world without being boring. A very agile Coppola!