Roman J Israel, Esq (2017)

Dan Gilroy directs Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo in this legal drama about a Civil Rights backroom lawyer who finds himself thrust into the dog-eat-dog world of coporate legal work.

Acting wise, this is a career high for Denzel. The plot is a little unfocused – it is film more interested in exploring a fascinating central protagonist… his corruption, his ungainlyness in the modern world. If you come with an open mind then the random thriller elements prove a nice if jarring aside in an ambitious, intelligent, adult piece of old school Hollywood moviemaking.

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