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Offline bbell

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The Judge (2 out of 4)
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:23:19 PM »
The Judge  (2 out of 4)

The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall as estranged father and son who are forced back together after his mother dies. Downey's character is a big city lawyer who is very good at his job, but as you would expect he is a dick to many. Duvall's character is a county Judge for a large rural area, who on the day that he buries his wife of over forty years, hits a man with his car and flees the scene. The resulting trial forces Downey's character to defend Duvall's. This results in a lot of family drama, courtroom drama and romantic drama.

Which is the problem with this movie. Where all of the different dramas are well done, even the comic relief is well done. There is just to much stuff jammed into this movie. This movie would have made a great miniseries, for there is easily six hours of material that they crammed into 141 mins. 30 years ago I would have thought this movie was boring and unbelievable, but now I know all the family drama depicted in this movie, father both proud and disappointed in his son, lingering anger issues over what one son destroyed in another, dealing with an autistic adult and finally but not least, late stage cancer of an elderly parent, is far to real. This movie covers them well but not as much as you would like. Which causes a type of frustration to set in. Which lessens the enjoyment of this film. I will give this movie 2 stars out of 4. Not for being a muddled mess, but because there could have been more of everything.

On a finishing note, this movie may not be for people who have survived a major cancer battle. The person I was with at the time was a cancer survivor, which I was not aware of, and some of the scenes around that issue really upset her. It brought painful memories back to her.
You must forgive them. So many people did not slay the bogey man living under their bed as a child. Thus they feel him everywhere, hence the need to always carry a gun. Living in fear of the bogey man is a heavy burden for people to carry. So sad. 

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Re: The Judge (2 out of 4)
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2014, 06:42:53 AM »
With two great actors like those two, one can only bemoan the waste of talent.
"Race has now replaced rule of law officially. In one speech our president has reversed 60 years of healing the racial divide and destroyed the dream of Dr. King. The result will be an exact reversal of the conditions existing before The Civil Rights Act. And the hardest hit will be the children in whose name the left always claims to act. Well done Obama". - Pendark