Robert Duvall is outstanding and so is Robert Downey Jr. in the movie The Judge.
Little outbursts and disagreements of the duo have been executed brilliantly and framed exceptionally well by Dobkin. The bit where Duvall rushes up in high squall carrying a temper whilst Downey follows for war is one of the most dramatic scenes that shows how puny nature is against human commotion! Humour is strewn in the movie and when you have Downey with the bat, it always makes home runs.
Drenched with drama the movie has an apt theme that runs around the convicted irony – the Judge who isn’t willing to let his guard down and who hates his middle son Downey for so many irreparable reasons that he can’t just give in. Whilst Downey, the forlorn child who never returned to his parents owing to the long born and bred abomination he burnt in, tries to save him from the clouded murder of a foul-mouthed obnoxious hill-billy.
The score is apt and the screenplay is intense. Loved how Dobkin carried it all. The amount of focus he put in, in every frame is worth commending. A must watch for Downey’s wit lovers and also for dramaholics.