ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. - Review
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Director: Dan Gilroy
Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo
Plot: An off-beat attorney finds himself out of a job and forced to make some drastic decisions
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD
This is one of those times where the trailer makes the movie look a lot more interesting than the final product actually is. I was excited to see, what I thought was going to be a suspenseful game of cat and mouse with a really smart mouse. What I saw was a slow-moving story of a guy who can't quite get his life together and makes a couple of mistakes along the way.
Denzel Washington does a fine job as a savant attorney, but it isn't a performance that I would consider to be one of his best. It always felt lie I was watching Denzel, not Roman.
The pacing of the film is dreadfully slow. I started looking at my watch about 80 minutes in. It felt like it just kept going even though it clocks in just shy of two hours. If it had been cut down to 90 minutes it may have been a much better movie.
But the thing that I really didn't like about this movie were the continuity errors. In the opening lines of the movie he says he's been at the same firm for 26 years. Moments later he tells someone hes been with the firm 36 years. Later on it becomes 40 years.
The story is supposed to take place over a three week period, but at one point we see a time-lapse of an apartment building being built from the ground up. He also talks about how he's been out of work for a long time, but then the three weeks thing comes back into play. It is annoying when things like this happen because they should be easy and obvious fixes. This just tells me that the decision makers on the film didn't care a lot about it so why should I?
It isn't a bad movie, but it's not one that will be up for any awards. If you don't expect too much from it you won't be disappointed when you leave the theater.