October 25, 2012

The Verdict

From my Sidney Lumet marathon, part 7 of 8.

The Verdict, 1982. A washed-up lawyer takes a suit to trial that he should have settled out of court.

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by David Mamet, based on a book by Barry Reed. Starring Paul Newman.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 4/4 (Great)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 4/4 (Great)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4). One of the best movies you've never heard of. As far as I can tell from the internet, everyone who's seen it regards it as a masterpiece; the problem is, almost no one has seen it. Which is understandable. An 80's legal drama about a medical malpractice suit? Who cares? I sure never would have watched it if I hadn't done a little research into Lumet's filmography for this marathon. But it's one of his (and Newman's) best films.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.1/4 (Very good)

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