The Lincoln Lawyer: Movie Review

Mar 21, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Books & Tales, Lorie Lewis Ham, Movies, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Lorie Lewis Ham

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Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer hit movie theaters this weekend after much anticipation by fans of Connelly’s books. My daughter read and loved the book and was among those waiting anxiously. While I had not read the book, the previews promised a great mystery/suspense movie.

I had the opportunity again to take both of my teens with me to see this one and again was presented with different opinions. My son loved the movie, even more than Battle: Los Angeles, and I had to agree with him. Being a mystery/crime fan I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and felt that Matthew McConaughey did a great job of playing the main character, lawyer Mickey Haller. My daughter on the other hand, while she said the movie was fairly accurate to the book, was frustrated by the things that were left out—the hazard of reading the book first. My brother also joined us and while he had read the book, he enjoyed the movie as well.

Mickey is an interesting character running his law practice out of his Lincoln Town Car in Los Angeles. He is surrounded by a great group of characters including private detective Frank Levin played by William H. Macy, Mickey’s ex wife and a prosecuting attorney Maggie McPherson played by Marisa Tomei, and his driver Earl played by Laurence Mason.

His typical clients include drug addicts, bikers and thieves and most are generally guilty. In The Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey takes on a case where his high profile client accused of brutally beating a prostitute, may actually be innocent. His father always warned him about innocent clients. This is also a case that could make him a fortune.

This movie was filled with twists and turns for those of us who had not read the book, and plenty of action. The case takes a surprising and deadly turn for Mickey and he finds the hero in himself he didn’t realize was there.

I really enjoyed this movie and hope they plan on making more of this book series into movies. I may have to pick up the next book in the series in the meantime, as I’d like to see more of the relationship between Mickey and his ex wife, and get to know the characters better. So far there are five books, with the latest being The Fifth Witness due out April 5. If you enjoy mystery/suspense movies this one is for you.

Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language.

Check out KRL’s review of the book The Lincoln Lawyer & watch for reviews of other books in this series in the future.

The Lincoln Lawyer is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.

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Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for this review. I saw the movie and was wondering how it stacked up to the book, which I haven’t yet read.



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