Monday, May 20 th, 2019 at 00:05 am 

not abe lincoln...



A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.


I’m one of the people in the audience who actually knows that The Lincoln Lawyer was based on a Michael Connelly The Lincoln Lawyer which refers to the fact that he’s not in the style of Abraham Lincoln or Lincoln, Nebraska but that he works out of his car.  This one, Matthew McConaughey stars as Mick Heller who is an LA defense attorney who operates out of his car.  And basically he deals with the underbelly and then lands the case of a lifetime, nearly accidentally, John Leguizamo refers him to somebody, and it turns out that he’s defending a rich kid, who is played by Ryan Phillippe, who’s accused of murder who swears he didn’t do it.  It turns out that this gets a little more complicated than you think it is going to be.  So we’ve got Marissa Tomei and a Josh Lucas who looks enough like Matthew McConaughey to be his brother, and he plays the prosecutor.  Frances Fisher plays the mom.  So it’s a really good cast, and William H. Macy makes a cameo appearance.  He’s always great with his crazy long hairdo.  The deal is here that if you’ve read the book you’d know what the plot is.  If you haven’t read the book, you’re going to have a lot more fun at this.  But it is a fun movie.  It could use a little more snap, and I’m not sure why.  Maybe it just needs to be a little faster.  It’s a nearly two hour movie and probably could have been a little bit shorter.  I know I say that a lot, but it seemed to me it needed a little bit more snap to it.  But if you haven’t read the book, you’ll still be fascinated by the story, which is pretty good.  So I give it three and a half stars.