Roman J. Israel, Esq. – Movie Review

Trailer: https://youtu.be/uT4ltoStMOU

Rating: B

Positives

  • Oscar level performance by Denzel Washington. Washington is absolutely transformative in this performance showing something I’ve never seen from him furthering his range to the fullest & giving one of the best performances of his career.
  • Roman J. Israel as a character is built tremendously, making him feel so real every second he’s on screen, much props to Dan Gilroy’s screenplay for that.

Negatives

  • The film is very heavy-handed at points.
  • The film has a strong first two acts, spending them as a drama/character study, then in the third act it falls apart attempting to turn itself into a thriller.
  • Wish they would have added more development to the supporting characters. I know this is a character study but Dan Gilroy has shown to develop side characters in past character study films, such as “Nightcrawler”.

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