I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…
They were totally unqualified to try the case of a lifetime... but every underdog has his day.
When Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon), a young attorney with no clients, goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy in their suit against an insurance company (represented by a ruthless Jon Voight). But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy paralegal (Danny DeVito) must open their own law firm.
Lots of talent in this John Grisham law drama. Matt Damon plays the young lawyer battling a massive insurance company. Helping Damon are Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, and Danny Glover ....while Jon Voight is the opposing lawyer who is defending the insurance company and their CEO Roy Scheider. And if that is not enough talent...how about a Rumble Fish reunion between director Francis Ford Coppola and Mickey Rourke.
This one is well done.....but it does not really cover any new ground. At no point in the movie did I think "Wow I did not see that coming"....as the movie is very predictable. Final thought: I read on IMDb that this was Grisham's favorite movie based on his books....I am not…
While I feel The Rainmaker is a solid legal drama, it suffers from the same issues many other films of this type seem to be plagued with. Courtroom/legal dramas always seem to play out the same way. A hotshot young attorney takes on a seemingly impossible case, a startling discovery or piece of evidence is introduced, there's a love interest between attorney and client, and no matter what justice is served. That sameness makes this type of film at the very least predictable, and no matter how good the direction or performances are, it takes it down a notch.
In the The Rainmaker, based on the John Grisham novel, Matt Damon plays Rudy Baylor. He's an idealistic young attorney with…
Sure, the direction is restrained, but this is hardly hackwork. Like a lot of Coppola’s later films, this privileges a certain wistful, romantic perspective—a young novelist’s worldview, essentially. It isn’t exactly idealistic, but tends to view everything in terms of ideals; good people adhere to them or represent them, bad people don’t.
"Most people give up. And this, of course, is intended."
Some pretty classic smuggling from Coppola, even beyond the obvious health insurance stuff or even that, duh, lawyers are dirty and the system is rigged. Here capital and by extension government subtly and deliberately disenfranchise people so it can turn them into fuel for their own engines, and the only recourse is often the same arcane extralegal loopholes they use against us.
The rainmaker is the best courtroom drama since 12 angry men featuring a brilliant cast including matt Damon, Danny devito, Jon voight, canny glover and directed by Francis ford Coppola also known for his amazing work on films like the godfather and apocalypse now.
A reluctant 4 star. Utterly 90's. Heavy-handed but Coppola is an effective filmmaker, obviously. The beaten-wife subplot could go. DeVito is a treasure. Voight is a good villain, probably since he is a huge turd in real life.
Even Coppola in second-rate mode shows much grace. Damon, Voight, DeVito all very good.
Courtroom drama directed by Francis Ford Coppala is throughly entertaining
Pretty underrated, esepcially coming from later-period Coppola
There's a tiny shark swimming in front of the film's title. Mickey Rourke is outfitted like a 5-year-old's conception of an ambulance chaser. Danny DeVito enters the movie -- rumpled, existentially disheveled, attacking a carton of Chinese food with chopsticks -- like he's about to receive a round of applause from an appreciative studio audience. Claire Danes' perpetually-abused character is introduced with Andrew Shue throwing shit at her. When Danes indirectly comes clean about her abuse to Matt Damon, the film cuts from a shot of Danes' sullen face to Damon's hands nervously polishing an apple. & of course (my favorite) the contract for Rudy Baylor to represent the Blacks in court is signed by the gravely ill Johnny Ray Black…
"You know what a Rainmaker is, kid? The bucks are gonna be falling from the sky."
A really insightful film into the practice of law, with a great supporting performance by Devito. I think the flow of the narrative would of benefited from dropping the whole subplot of The love story.
Rewatch. Good performances all around, although the musical score is poor and there are some painfully awkward comedy bits sprinkled in stick out like a sore thumb. Also the voice over was a bit much. In the end I enjoyed the film on the second viewing.
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