These are my favorite films of all time. Some of the rankings may be estimated, ratings are subject to frequent…
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Danny DeVito is 5' high, and he is a bad-ass"
The Rainmaker may not be a typical Coppola classic. It may not be a jolting courtroom drama, but it sure has a heart. With some remarkable performances from Damon, Devito and Voight and a quirky, uncredited one from Glover, the movie is no short of talent. The story, being a testament of humanity rather than a thriller, may have increased it's validity. I'm not particularly a Grisham fan, but Rainmaker was a decent attempt to capture some raw truths about the society, and the resistance that is inevitable, and it's safe to say that the movie has done justice to him........
This has been my first foray into post-Apocalypse Coppola, a period of his career infamous for disappointment, compromise and questionable choices.
I found it disappointing, compromised and questionable.
The film is about New York-accented Matt Damon, a young lawyer who we see working for a corrupt lawyer before starting his own firm with the Lorax, who speaks not for the trees, but for underprivileged poor people. Fuck trees.
Matt Damon takes on three cases throughout the film. One of which is interesting, one of which is a cliche exercise in wasting potential and another which is forgotten about after two scenes.
There's a good movie in here. You could edit this film into something good, which is the real shame…
Far from Coppola's finest (that would be "Jack"), but this is probably the best Grisham adaptation thus far - certainly it's got the most impressive cast and there's some nice humour interspersed with the legal drama and predictable grandstanding. Plot has zero surprises, the characters are mostly just white hats vs black hats, and there are some odd pacing/scene placement decisions which affect the suspense, but it's still a joy to watch these brilliant actors hit their marks, and Coppola work the camera.
Assured, but by the book with a baffling sub-plot
I generally like courtroom dramas, but this was a little lacklustre, sadly. Not a bad film, but not one I'd rewatch either.
This is the same Francis Ford Coppola, right?
Oh, man. This is amazing. It's such an underrated film. The performances are spot-on (I really wanted to assault Jon Voight with a broken bottle!) and the atmosphere of the movie is nice, too. Overall, it's just amazing.
Nota = 5
scary, but not so far off the truth.
John Grisham + Francis Ford Coppola = good plot + good direction
Mission to Grisham... done.
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