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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.
Matt Damon's legal arguments seem very convincing
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.
This was pretty good. Not great but good.
On the day the new print of Apocalypse Now was released I suggested to my younger son that we go and see it, but he had only vaguely heard of it and in the end went out with his friends. Later that night I watched The Rainmaker on T.V. It was afterwards that the connection clicked – but then it is very difficult to recognize The Rainmaker as a Francis Coppola film: it is a highly professional legal drama, but I am unaware of anything individualistic about it, stylistically or thematically, that would mark it as a Coppola film. But it is O.K. – Matt Damon is a fresh faced, newly graduated lawyer and he gets involved with a case…
A film with this great a cast should not be lack engagement by this degree. Through sheer personality some of the actors threaten to be interesting, but Coppola will not allow anything worth talking about to come through. It's almost a von Trierian limitation actually given how many bizarre elements are running through the film like a disposition in someone's backyard interrupted by a Randy Quaid impersonator or when the camera is highjacked by a drunk Alice in Wonderland fanatic for Dean Stockwell's cameo. Theoretically this should be interesting and not another Gardens of Stone type bore. All that is really left to ponder is why cast Matt Damon if you are just going to have him do his worst Matthew McConaughey impersonation rather than just hiring the bongo man.
De Vito is wonderful, and Rourke is quite good in a fairly small part. Damon is better than usual. The story is fine, with the courtroom scenes among the best because of how hapless Damon's lawyer is.
This movie is SO CLOSE to being gonzo-weird but it just doesn't quite get there (like if it had a weird magic spell conceit or something it would be perfect). The Elmer Bernstein score is SO nineties and makes everything even weirder, though. Maybe Danny DeVito just makes it feel like it should be a weird magical realism tale.
The ending is terrible though and the romantic subplot is just sooo grossly gender essentialist and blah, so that kind of brings it down. Like a sort of goofy Law & Order episode - feel kinda good, kinda shallow, weirdly satisfying.
Typical 90s Grisham legal thriller. Serviceable courtroom drama with underdog cliché and goofy romantic side story.
Although The Rainmaker is widely dismissed as one of director Francis Ford Coppola's paycheck gigs, novelist John Grisham's favorite adaptation of his own work is also mine. I suppose a part of that has to do with actually being a lawyer. The Firm, The Client, and The Pelican Brief all felt like cartoons. Although The Rainmaker has its own overly familiar beats and silly moments, it also has a great ensemble to sell it; and for anyone who's had to navigate the legal system right out of law school, a good deal of The Rainmaker hits pretty close to home. Indeed, the procedural scenes involving our novice protagonist tend generate their own moments of drama and humor (e.g., opening one's…
If you like court dramas or shows like boston legal and suits, you will love the rainmaker.