This is pretty much shamelessly stolen from Rakestraw's list. As a way to broaden my horizons and fill some cinematic…
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.
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…
The Rainmaker isn't particularly gripping or even that well crafted (the score is different but obtrusive, the plot meandering and cluttered) but it is highly watchable and worth spending time with.
I'd seen this before and forgotten it. Mostly a series of cliched set pieces. Always feels a little too on the nose; downright cringeworthy at times.
Also, in his books John Grisham sees depth and humanity in his primary subjects, southerners and lawyers. He's both, and his caricatures are funny because he shares his subjects' defects. But FFC injects a real meanness in the way he treats both groups. Coppola doesn't seem to like lawyers or southerners, and he assumes we don't either. So his levity at their expense often feels mean-spirited.
Though book fans will find plenty of cut content to grieve for, The Rainmaker is a completely satisfying legal drama. Capped with perfect performances from Danny DeVito, Mickey Rourke and Jon Voight, the tenderness between Danes and Damon in certain scenes provides a ray of hope into this dark, legal world. At times delightfully funny and at others emotionally weighty, The Rainmaker is a rich and well-crafted film in Coppola's competent hands.
A bit hit and miss.
A courtroom drama with a predictability that takes the edge off. The number of plot strands it takes on leaves a few avenues underdeveloped.
Good performances from a disproportionately stella cast.
The score and sound lets down what is a technically proficient film.
Your standard run-of-the-mill David and Goliath Legal drama. It was directed by Coppola so you know it's well crafted but it's as formulaic as the novels it's adapted from. And that's okay. Well seasoned actors, all of which take an easy paycheck
Predictable. In all ways. I am giving 3 stars for DeVito.
"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........
John Grisham novels were very popular to make into movies back in the early 90s to the early 2000s and this was one of the better ones. Great performances especially from Matt Damon and Danny De Vito and John Voit just chewing up scenes in the courtroom.
I just recently watched this movie even though it came out almost 20 years ago! I enjoy anything about the law and it was fun to see Matt Damon in one of his earlier roles.
I couldn't connect why he was so set on helping Claire Danes' character and how it related to the rest of the story. The acting was ok, but didn't resonate or leave a lasting impression. Damon is a young, fresh from taking the bar attorney appointed to a case against an insurance company. The storyline is a bit stretched out to make the movie compelling for the duration.
This possibly is due to watching a movie far past its prime. Had I seen it when…
This Grisham film is a rarity among his “courtroom drama” films in the sense that it actually features both a trial and a courtroom. The film adapts my favorite John Grisham novel of those I’ve read so far, and it does so competently. If you’ve read the book, it’s probably worth seeing as a curiosity, to see the book come to life to some extent. If you haven’t, the story of a recently graduated lawyer taking on an insurance racket is probably worth seeing.
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