Roman J. Israel, Esq. Review: Denzel Shines in Muddled Legal Drama

Roman J. Israel, Esq. features another standout performance by Washington, but the story around him is mundane and fails to leave an impression.

The second directorial effort from Dan Gilroy (following his 2014 film Nightcrawler), Roman J. Israel, Esq. is another drama set in Los Angeles starring a peculiar character with his own set of quirks and ideals. Whereas Nightcrawler explored the world of sensationalized television news, this movie attempts to take a hard look at the California legal system, being compared to the Paul Newman vehicle The Verdict when it was first in development. With Denzel Washington onboard as the lead, the hope was Gilroy’s latest could join the ...

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