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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

November. 10,2017
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Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner, the firm’s frontman, has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm--truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed--and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions.


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That was an excellent one.


At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.


The acting in this movie is really good.

Erica Derrick

By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.


I was very disappointed by this movie which, despite having a good cast (with perhaps the exception of Colin Farrell, who was not a great fit for the role), has a completely abysmal story. It starts off fine, with a maladjusted paralegal forced to take on the role of full court lawyer and being incapable of stomaching the injustice that is inherent in the system, to the point where he even gets a fine of almost one year's wages (which, as far as we know, he doesn't even challenge, he's just blase about it, making it more than weird). But then, without spoiling anything, the movie goes off on a tangent, trying to be all Walter Mitty on us, and it really makes no sense. The characters start behaving out of character, the story devolves into a barely believable tale of hubris and punishment, and perhaps its greatest mistake is that it takes itself far too seriously. The ending is extremely predictable and sappy, and completely pointless. Perhaps the problem is pacing, and the fact that the movie is trying to do so much in such little time, with basically three full subplots which simply don't need to exist. And it's all so cliche, the girl who is incredibly hot but is attracted to him, the younger man who respects him all of a sudden for no real reason, and the crime story where we see how absolutely unintelligent the main character is. It's all too much. This is a movie about a lawyer who has spent his past 30 years fighting the system, fighting for the little guy, and a guy who is almost a genius at it, but we see none of that beyond what's already in the trailer, the story we're presented with is simply something else. Shame, Denzel's acting is pretty much on point.If you value your time, read the plot synopsis first, at the risk of being spoiled and decide afterwards if you still want to watch it. Just know that by the end you'll be tempted to switch it off out of boredom.


I don't get it. Is this a story about why you shouldn't be unethical? Why you shouldn't take pro bono work? If it's about the work Roman was doing, the movie sure didn't make it the primary story. I kept waiting for it to get to the point, but it never did. Great actors. Horrible writing. Horrible directing. Horrible overall storyline.


This film was very weird. The film follows Roman J. Israel, a law genius from LA who is an introvert. The film starts stimulating, a bit hard to follow since there is a LOT of law jargon used and I do not have a J.D, but intriguing. However, the film takes a turn at one point and completely changes where I thought it was going. This change in direction was something I did not care for. I originally was feeling empathetic towards Roman, but after the change in direction, I grew to dislike the character. Another thing that I was not a fan of was the dialogue, epically the conversations between Roman and Maya. The way they talked to each other just seemed so pretentious and confusing. There was a lot about this film that disappointed me, but there were a few good things about the film.I did think that Denzel's acting was good however; I think James Franco should have been nominated for The Disaster Artist instead. I also enjoyed the scene where Roman gives a talk at the charity meeting that Maya runs. That part of the film was thought provoking. Overall, I was disappointed by Roman J. Israel Esq. and would not recommend it.


Utterly watchable, brilliant in every way. This movie seems to have either the highest review scores or the lowest, with little in between.A quality drama with an amazing and unusual story, the type of film rarely seen coming from the dross of Hollywood these days, if you have any insight and enjoy true movie value, this is one for you.I will need to watch this again. Some of the one liners have such wisdoms without in any way attempting to be 'wise', 'clever' or 'meaningful', but simply reflect the quality of the movie.