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The Lincoln Lawyer

March 29, 2011

I was really excited when I heard about the movie The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the book of the same name by Michael Connelly, so I made arrangements for Carl and I to see it with friends.  (Both Carl and I have read the book, but our friends haven’t.)

I thought the casting, especially Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, was terrific.  For the most part, the movie followed the book (my review), although some things weren’t explained as well in the movie as they were in the book – such as Mickey’s connection with his administrative assistant.    Even with that, I felt the tension that made the book such a page turner was missing from the movie.  At first, I suspected it was because I had just finished the book and could remember all of the details, but all four of us agreed that the movie dragged in parts.  It seemed that we all enjoyed the movie, but none of us loved it.  This might be one to rent rather than see at the theater.  The bottom line is, the book is better than the movie, but they’re both entertaining.

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  1. March 29, 2011 5:47 am

    My book club saw the movie last night…we have the same sentiments as you do.

    We did love the all the “blue eyes.” 🙂

  2. March 29, 2011 6:49 am

    I really am interested in the story, so I think I will have to check out the book instead of the movie.

  3. March 29, 2011 6:55 am

    I am a huge fan of the book but it’s been so many years since I read the book. I can’t wait to see it! I think I can tolerate some minor dragging given the cast! I’m reading another Mickey Haller book right now and I just love him!

  4. March 29, 2011 7:56 am

    Can I just say how much I love Matthew McConaughey! Especially in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!

  5. March 29, 2011 8:39 am

    Wow, so impressed that you thought the book was better! Now I can’t wait till my copy arrives!

  6. March 29, 2011 8:49 am

    I have just seen the movie. Since the book is better, I want to read it too.
    Matthew McConaughey is a great actor!

  7. March 29, 2011 9:11 am

    I was away when you wrote your review for the book, but I did read it ( I just couldn’t leave a comment). It seems like the book was a lot more tightly paced than the movie, from reading both of your descriptions of them, and though I haven’t tried anything by Connelly yet, I think I would like to try the book. Thanks for the great review on both. It does sound like an interesting story to peruse!

  8. March 29, 2011 9:21 am

    I’ve been waiting for Matthew McConaughey to finally make a film that wasn’t some fluffy romantic comedy. I think the last one I really truly enjoyed him in was A Time to Kill, which was what? Fifteen years ago and his first film? Yikes! Most of his recent films have just been silly nonsense, so I am really looking forward to this one!

  9. March 29, 2011 9:31 am

    I haven’t read the book, should I before or after seeing the movie? I will definitely wait for Netflix to watch though.

  10. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 29, 2011 9:44 am

    This is going on my list immediately! Thanks, Kathy.

  11. March 29, 2011 11:06 am

    Must read the book, before seeing the movie, thanks! for sharing this.

  12. March 29, 2011 12:28 pm

    I might try to see the movie as my TBR list is too high to add this one right now! Book Dilettante

  13. March 29, 2011 12:29 pm

    I guess I’ll wait it out then. I like Matthew McConaughey, so I will definitely be looking out for this!

  14. March 29, 2011 12:57 pm

    Isn’t that normally the case? You read the book and really like it, then see the movie and think the best parts of the book are missing. I always hesitate to see a movie made from a book I’ve read, unless everyone is raving about it.

  15. March 29, 2011 1:05 pm

    Sounds like I should rad the book and just skip the movie.

  16. March 29, 2011 1:16 pm

    Great, concise movie review! I’m not sure if I’ll add this to my Netflix queue.

  17. Melissa permalink
    March 29, 2011 1:59 pm

    I loved him in A Time to Kill and he looks so good in this movie too! I’m so excited for all these books-into-movies MOVIES this year. The Help, Water for Elephants and Something Borrowed. Also Harry Potter and Twilight too!

  18. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 29, 2011 2:32 pm

    Sometimes it doesn’t help when you read and then see too close together. I always find myself noticing the stuff they left out of the movie.

  19. March 29, 2011 3:14 pm

    I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this movie and now I know I don’t…thank you!!!

  20. March 29, 2011 3:21 pm

    I am sure I am gonna watch it on DVD, but I also fear I will be bored

  21. March 29, 2011 4:03 pm

    I’m a self-confessed snoot when it comes to movies made from books. My husband is a Connelly fan and I think I’ll read this one but I won’t be going to the movie. We might rent it later on. Hollywood sure can mess up a good read, can’t they?

  22. March 29, 2011 4:39 pm

    I haven’t heard of the book or the movie. I’ll have to check it out!

  23. March 29, 2011 6:50 pm

    I haven’t read this yet, and I don’t often get to the movies. Thanks for your review.

  24. March 29, 2011 8:50 pm

    Inwasnwondering if a movie review would follow the book review! Not surprised to hear that the book was better. That is usually the case.

  25. March 29, 2011 11:34 pm

    Thank you Kathy for posting. I was planning on seeing the movie. But, I heard mixed review. After reading what you said, I think I will just wait till it comes to netflix instead.

  26. March 30, 2011 12:29 am

    Movies just don’t seem to hold my attention the way they once did. The trailer for the movie did get me curious to read the book.

  27. March 30, 2011 9:21 am

    I guess I’ll wait for the DVD then… ah shucks Matt deserves a billing at the big screen.. he’s just perfect 🙂

  28. March 30, 2011 12:31 pm

    I haven’t read the book or seen the movie but now I have the urge to do both.

  29. March 30, 2011 1:17 pm

    I’m sorry it didn’t live up to your expectations based on the book. I think there was just so much in the book that it was hard for them to include it all in the movie. But, I really loved the movie.

  30. March 30, 2011 2:04 pm

    I saw you and someone else buzzing about this one on twitter but I had never heard of the book or seen a preview of the movie! I must be living under a rock. You definitely have me curious (Matthew McConaughey also helps with that curiosity). 😉

  31. March 30, 2011 4:58 pm

    i want to read the book…and then drool over matthew in the movie….

  32. March 31, 2011 6:28 pm

    Ah, haven’t read the book but do love my Matthew!

  33. April 2, 2011 6:01 am

    Oh… I’m sorry the movie didn’t really vowed you (but glad that the book did!). I’d probably still watch it in the cinema if it shows here.

  34. April 2, 2011 3:57 pm

    I definitely want to read the book first (and I’m off to read your review of it next), but I’m looking forward to the movie. While I’m not surprised the book is better, I’m so glad you enjoyed the movie!

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