There are actors which I take pleasure in hating and Matthew McConaughey is one of those actors. It is my love for film and my inability to live with the knowledge that I have missed out on a cinema trip which meant that I was in the front row of the semi-comfortable premier seating area to see The Lincoln Lawyer.
PLOT: Mick (Matthew McConaughey) is a defence lawyer who does business with his criminal clientèle, which predominantly consists one biker gang, from the back seat of his chauffeur driven Lincoln. Mick is hired to represent Lewis (Ryan Phillippe) a man accused of violently assaulting a prostitute. Lewis violently assaulted the prostitute. Mick must keep Lewis out of jail or find himself framed for killing his assistant played by William H Macy. William H Macy has long shiny hair. Mick gets Lewis off the hook. Mick gets Lewis arrested for another crime. The justice system prevails unless of course you are an innocent $400.00 an hour prostitute who has just been violently assaulted. END PLOT
I do like a good court room thriller and The Lincoln Lawyer is exactly this. The plot is strong and there were enough twists and turns to keep me totally hooked. The movie of course is nothing new or ground breaking but that matters not.
I hate Matthew McConaughey and I hate all of the boring run of the mill rom-coms in which he has chosen to appear - he is the male equivalent of Jennifer Aniston and is born from spawn so evil even the devil lives in fear.
McConaughey is the reason I was apprehensive about this film. Matthew recently went through life threatening Kate Hudson removal surgery and appears to have recovered exceptionally well. McConaughey puts in a strong performance with a heavy dosage of charm thrown in. I will give him his dues - he does know how to play a lawyer.
Ryan Phillippe plays the spoiled yet dangerous Lewis very well and you would be hard pressed not to like William H Macy and his long shiny hair.
I really liked The Lincoln Lawyer and as much as I hate to admit it - it is because of McConaughey. It wont surprise anyone when I announce that I haven’t read the book but if they make a sequel I wouldn’t be too unhappy.
The Lincoln Lawyer gets an 8/10. McConaughey gets the benefit of the doubt for this one but I am still wary. I hope he sees the positive correlation between keeping his shirt on and making a decent movie