Saturday, February 28, 2015
The Judge (2014)
On his way out of town to the funeral we get a glimpse into Hanks home life--he loves his daughter, and his wife has tired of his absent lifestyle but rather than deal with it she has slept with someone else and they are divorcing. At Hank's home it is clear that he and his father have old grudges that are not going away any time soon, and his brother's are caught in the middle. But they stayed near home and Hank headed for the hills. He is odd man out in the family in many ways, but the person he seems closest to in personality is his much loathed father.
The film unrolls in a predictable old-fashioned way where we learn why the son hates the father, and why the father can't apologize to the son (which he should of, but he doesn't). They film does not touch the very damaged relationship between Hank and his older brother, but that is the constraints of the medium. The film is long at 2.5 hours, but I didn't get restless for it to be over, and I found it well done.