Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.
I love Denzel, well to be more truthful, my feeling probably originate more from lust. I like to say I have seen every movie of Denzel’s, so there was no question that I have been wanting to see this movie. Another thing going for this movie was the law genre, of which I have always been a big fan since L.A. Law television show, but yet remains unexplained.
I thought Denzel was excellent as Roman J. Israel, Esq. His definitive portrayal of Roman was spectacular. I even identified with his unwillingness to change his processes.
That alone, though, was not enough for me to “like” this movie. The conscientious conflict that Roman creates for himself was obvious, but the movie focused – too much in my opinion – on the inner dilemma, which does not portray well on screen, especially, as I decided Roman seemed a bit autistic – for lack of a better word – with savant capabilities.
My overall impression was that this movie failed to entertain, tedious story telling, leaving me bored and unimpressed.
Ah, I forgot to mention Mr. Farrell, whom I also lust. He was clothed the whole time, and I did not like the character he portrayed, which in itself, represents good acting to me.