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This is a full-bore legal thriller of maneuvering and slight-of-hand, of parlor games and verbal ingenuity, and when all is said and done the tension ratcheted up is of a higher pedigree than I would have believed was possible before entering the theatre.
Just when you thought Matthew McConaughey had settled into pre-retirement content to play the (dry-aged) beefcake in a string of dippy romantic comedies, the actor comes roaring back with some real acting.
With at least three-too-many endings, paper-thin supporting characters, and predictable twists, The Lincoln Lawyer doesn't deliver as a thriller even if its title character is one of the most interesting of the year to date.
"The Lincoln Lawyer" just may have the makings of a terrific franchise, if only because it finds McConaughey so clearly in his comfort zone after a string of forgettable romantic comedies and action pictures.
Calling big-screen legal thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" the best TV pilot I've seen in a while really isn't meant as a putdown -- the truth is, there's more good stuff on the tube these days than in theaters, especially at this time of the year.
What happened - did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed one morning and decide that, after smiling through one too many schlocky movies, playing the pretty boy opposite Sandra-Kate-Jennifer, he wanted to do something decent?
Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years.
Admit it, when you hear the phrase "a Matthew McConaughey movie,'' your expectations slip into the basement, yes? Yes. On that score, this adaptation of a best-selling Michael Connelly crime thriller is an improvement.
Matthew McConaughey should always play lawyers. There's something smirky, cocky and untrustworthy about his demeanor -- he slides through every movie like a greased weasel, but in The Lincoln Lawyer, it works.
Most fans of the novel would probably tell you McConaughey isn't someone they had pictured in the lead role, but he works out just fine, his laid-back, breezy charisma exactly what Mickey requires to do his job.