First of all, Matthew McConaughey should always play a lawyer. Yes. There is just something so oily yet charming about his mane. Didn’t he play one in “A Time to Kill”? He was great in that one.
This time he never bared his chest — self sees enough of him bare-chested in People Magazine, thank you very much — though there were a few scenes in which he did appear in a white undershirt (Self is fully cognizant of the fact that she is an absolute sucker for gorgeous men in white undershirts. Exhibit A: Timothy Olyphant in “Justified”). Still, Matthew McConaughey looks mighty fine wearing the typical lawyer get-up: a dark suit.
But that’s not the only reason self is giving this movie five stars!
Josh Lucas played a lawyer on the opposing team; whenever the camera zoomed in on his baby blues, self forgot everything, everything. (Where oh where is this fabulous courthouse, where members of the jury get to ogle Matthew McConaughey and Josh Lucas every day, for the duration of the trial? Oh, it’s in Los Angeles. If self were a member of this jury, she would hope that the trial dragged on for at least six months)
Self, you are so shallow!
Another good reason to see “The Lincoln Lawyer” is Michael Peña. This guy was in the execrable Oliver Stone movie “World Trade Center,” where he was one of the only two good things about it (the other being Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played Peña’s wife). The scene in “The Lincoln Lawyer” when Peña, playing a San Quentin inmate, and McConaughey, as the lawyer who was instrumental in convicting him, square off across a prison table — apparently the first time these two had met since Peña’s conviction — simply crackles with tension. Because of Peña. Anyone who can appear in prison garb and still hold his own against the McConaughey mane is definitely an A+ actor.
Other reasons to see “The Lincoln Lawyer” are:
- Ryan Philippe (Perfect bit of casting here: so angel-faced and believable. Reese, was he really “Mr. Mood Swing” when he was married to you?)
- John Leguizamo (He gets off probably one of the best lines of the movie, when he says something to Matthew McConaughey about McConaughey having more balls than a Chinese ping-pong player)
- the curvaceous older woman who plays Ryan Philippe’s mom (Thank God she was not required to play a cougar, that would have been just too “cliché”)
- William H. Macy playing an amusing, long-haired detective
- the cool dude who plays Matthew McConaughey’s driver
- Marisa Tomei, still hot
There were enough people in the audience (mostly middle-aged) on this Friday afternoon to ensure that this movie keeps on making money. Self is sooo glad. The movie is an adaptation of a book by Michael Connelly, who self is adding to her “To Read” list.
This is self’s second five-star movie of 2011 (The first was “The Fighter.”) It’s a good thing she deferred to hubby instead of insisting on “Battle: Los Angeles.”
Speaking of which, Niece G just text-ed! She’ll be in Palo Alto sometime tomorrow. “Want to see a movie, Tita?” she asks.
Self texts back that “Battle: Los Angeles” is still showing. Niece G then responds, what else is showing — BWAH HA HA HA!
Anyhoo, it’s a good thing we watched a movie today because today’s NCAA games were real blow-outs (Self means: Marquette vs Kansas and Richmond vs North Carolina). Both games were completely lacking in dramatic tension, BOO.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.