The Lincoln Lawyer
The cinematic world is littered with film adaptations of novels that don't really work. Our next Rialto Recommends is one that did work quite well. Starring Matthew McConaughey as Michael Connelly's recurring character Mickey Haller THE LINCOLN LAWYER dazzled critics and audiences becoming a surprise hit in the Spring of 2011. Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick spends most of his time defending petty crooks and other bottom-feeders, so it comes as quite a surprise when he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder. However, what Mick initially thinks is an open-and-shut case with a big monetary reward develops into something more sinister. Rolling Stone said "This is rock-solid entertainment. McConaughey, a cunning mesmerizer in the courtroom, steers this Lincoln into what could be a hell-raising franchise." While the New York Times wondered "What happened - did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed one morning and decide that, after smiling through one too many schlocky movies, playing the pretty boy opposite Sandra-Kate-Jennifer, he wanted to do something decent?" Consider the LINCOLN LAWYER the beginning of the rehabilitation of Matthew McConaughey's career which would lead him to this Oscar winning turn in our previous Rialto Recommends Dallas Buyers Club. THE LINCOLN LAWYER is streaming on Netflix and AmazonPrime or is available to rent for a modest fee from GooglePlay, YouTube, Redbox, Apple, Vudu and others HERE.