I went into the movie theater to watch “The Judge” knowing very little about the movie. My entire knowledge was based on two factoids.
1) The movie is titled “The Judge”
2) The movie has Robert Downey Jr in it.
I just found out now that I went to see it on opening night. At the time I didn’t know if I was in for a comedy or a space thriller. Was this a sci-fi Judge Dredd type movie? I honestly had no clue. I didn’t even have time to watch the trailer beforehand. I was on the road and then right to the theater after getting into town. Needless to say, I knew less than John Snow.
This movie was delightful to watch. If you want to watch a delightful movie then this is one. It is a movie that makes you think as the story unfolds and in a very pleasant way. The pacing of the movie flows out in a way that doesn’t make you feel stupid for not following elaborate steps and gaps. At the same time it isn’t to far in the other direction cramming every detail down your throat until you barf.
I just went back and watched the trailer for this one. There is no way I would have gone to the movie if I would have watched that first. So much of the plot is spoiled from that two minute trailer. There are moments and scenes that take so much buildup and really pack an emotional punch. When watched without any sort of context they simply give away key pieces of the plotline without adding any value. I don’t know if I’m fully committed to this idea yet or not, but I have a secondhand source who tells me the internet (aka reddit) tells her to NOT watch trailers before going into movies. With this one, not watching that trailer first led us into a home run movie. Even though the trailer looks like a total waste of time and money.
Writing reviews or reflections or whatever these posts are is such a weird feeling. I want to tell you about the movie without telling you spoilers and usually I just say ‘hey – spoilers’ or you otherwise can assume that you will see spoilers in 99.9% of my posts. This one is one of the .1% of the posts where I don’t want to give spoilers. In fact, don’t even watch the trailer or read anymore about it. The only thing you are permitted to read about this movie is the showtime.
Preferably know nothing going into it.
I am quite certain that if I had information going into this movie, I would not have liked it as much as I did. Although some part of me was secretly hoping for some kind of silly action movie along the lines of ‘Judge Dredd‘ or ‘Terminator 2 – Judgement Day‘
I don’t think that I saw a single reference to cyborgs or androids or robots anywhere in this flick. Seriously, what gives?
It was nice to see a character somewhat more human than Tony Stark or Sherlock Homes coming from Robert Downey Jr. In fact even Billy Bob Thorton broke away from his usual typecast role and actually played someone who wasn’t a total creeper. That was weird.
But he nailed it.