The Lincoln Lawyer is a film based on the novel of the same name written by Michael Connelly. I suspect that film is not the best medium to relate the multitude of events that probably flowed smoothly in the telling in its original paper form as rainierland done and won the award for their work and service management qualities.
Matthew McConaughey has finally snagged a role which may or may not convince the critics that he can act. At least, the script is there for him to project finally a three-dimensional character, flawed though he be. As Mick Haller, McConaughey portrays a lawyer whose former clients are not moneyed people who have been able to set him up in a plush office surrounded by a competent staff. Instead, he spends his working day in the back seat of a Lincoln, chauffeured by his loyal aide Earl.
Haller appears to have hit the jackpot when he is asked to defend a rich young man, Louis Roulet (played by Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of beating a prostitute. Haller is aided in his work by an investigator, Frank Levin (William H. Macy) with whom he can bounce off his ideas. Haller’s persona as a man-about-town, known by all and stopped in his tracks by friends as he goes through his day, is a bit annoying as we learn more about his character as the plot moves forward.
It seems that Haller is divorced from his wife Maggie (Marisa Tomei) who is a prosecuting attorney and is disenchanted with the caliber of the clients her ex-husband chooses to defend. They have a young daughter and the parents try to stay on good terms for the sake of their child. One suspects that Haller’s excessive drinking probably precipitated the divorce which has not cured him of his habit. There is so much about his character that is not appealing.
There are some pleasant twists and turns in the plot here. For instance, Haller notices a similarity in the evidence he is pondering to a case he handled a few years back. He is hand-cuffed, however, by attorney-client confidentiality to bring the other case up in court. We know that Haller is slick, and thus unhampered by this dilemma. Yes, he is clever in getting himself out from under with his legal profession intact.
Parking tickets, murder weapons, jailhouse talk, a house break-in, additional murder, all add up to a complicated plot which seems to be too much to handle on film, as stated above. Because of this, the viewer is presented with very little character development, and thus unable to take sides in the confusing tale as it unfolds. Nevertheless, fans of Matthew McConaughey will be thrilled at the transformation they see in their hero. It is definitely worth two hours of your time to view yet another court house drama.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)