ByWong Hon Fung, writer at
Wong Hon Fung

This film,in general is absolutely a new trial as 60 reaches Robert Downey.Jr ,so does Robert Duvall.The two Roberts actually,in a old age for actors,presents a excellent trial for the audience.

I, a extreme fan of marvel and Iron Man,founds the actor in a completely new genre,not action,and that's what I like about him in a new situation.

There are many fantastic parts in the movie,and I like the parts and ways that Downey argue for his father and how he behaves as a sarcastic lawyer.He changed his ways of talking to people and the views that he usually think as Iron Man,causing him to be cursing at everything and losing all his humor.

Plot:Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a successful defense attorney in Chicago who has been estranged from his family in a small town in Indiana for several years. His brother Glen (Vincent D'Onofrio) calls with news that their mother has died. As he leaves to fly to his hometown of Carlinville, it is revealed that Hank is going through a divorce and custody battle for his young daughter. Hank reunites with his brothers: older brother Glen, an owner of a car tire shop, and younger brother Dale (Jeremy Strong), a mentally handicapped man with an obsession for filming, who carries an old 8mm film camera everywhere he goes, as an emotional crutch and security blanket. Hank stops by the county courthouse, quietly enters a courtroom and sits in an unoccupied section in order to secretly observe his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), who is presiding over a case. Hank witnesses his father forgetting the bailiff's name (a bailiff he has served with for many years), and believes that the death of his wife has caused his recovering-alcoholic father to start drinking again.

After his wife's funeral, the Judge excuses himself to go shopping while the brothers catch up with each other. Despite their pleas, the Judge rebuffs their numerous offers to accompany him. After he leaves, the brothers go to a local tavern, where they reminisce about how, when they were children, they used to go fishing at a lakeside cabin with their father. Dale mentions that the Judge, "still goes up there every Wednesday to play chess with Dr. Morris. He loves that place."

The next morning Hank notices damage to his father's Cadillac Coupe DeVille as he is preparing to leave. Upon seeing the damage, the Judge denies knowing how it happened, but the brothers inherently know that because they saw their father driving it the previous night, and since no one is allowed to drive the car but him, their father is the only one who could have caused the damage. Hank believes his father was drinking and driving and damaged his own car. The Judge responds by criticizing Hank's deteriorating marriage. A heated exchange ensures, ending with Hank leaving, promising to never return. While boarding his plane to return home to Chicago, Hank learns that his father is being questioned by police with regard to a fatal hit and run, the victim being someone the judge convicted years earlier.

Hank ends up defending his father and learns he was undergoing chemotherapy, and was not driving drunk. While the prosecutor Dwight Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton) is seeking a murder conviction for first degree murder, Hank reconnects with his old girlfriend Sam (Vera Farmiga), whom he abandoned after going to a Metallica concert more than 20 years ago. He discovers that Sam has a daughter, Carla (Leighton Meester), born nine months after he left.

Despite Hank's efforts, the Judge is found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison, but is released on compassionate parole after having served seven months. He and Hank go fishing. After recognizing Hank as the best lawyer he knows, Joseph dies in the boat. Later after the funeral, Hank goes to the courthouse alone, and puts his father's hat on the bench. He spins the seat, and when it stops it faces him, implying that he too will become a judge.

Also,the ending is very excellence as Duvall dies peacefully at last.

This movie,I just can say,it is far more than I expected.

If u have any comments,u can comment to tell me below.

"Defend your honor." -----The Judge


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