Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Review: The Rainmaker
Starring: Matt Damon, Danny DeVito
Length: 135 min.
IMDB Summary: An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.
Unless you have read John Grisham's novel, you probably will not enjoy the film adaption of The Rainmaker, which is as slow and boring as courtroom dramas come. Perhaps the only redeeming aspect is the talents of Danny DeVito, cast as Rudy's ever-scheming partner, Deck. The most frustrating aspect of the film is that the characters are all cast properly, but the actors did not reach their full potential due to sloppy editing and an incredibly slow-paced plot. Granted, this is a courtroom drama, not an action movie, but the plot is so fragmented that it's hard to stay focused on the Great Benefits Insurance case. Although true to the book, the Miss Birdie and forbidden love subplots bog down the film with slow, uneventful scenes that do little to challenge Rudy's beliefs and substantially strengthen him as a character. If you've read the book, then you may enjoy this adaption for what it's worth--namely, DeVito's acting and a few lawyer jokes to pocket for later.
Some violence and language
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