The Lincoln Lawyer

This review is going to be a little bit different in that I’m going to tackle the book and movie all at once. I’m going to start with the book first, then go into my thoughts on the movie adaptation.

THE BOOK: Written by Michael Connelly, the novel follows defense attorney Michael “Mickey” Haller as a big money case falls into his lap. The defendant, Louis Roulet, is a Beverly Hills rich kid who is accused of beating and attempting to rape a woman he meets at a night club. After hearing Roulet’s version of events, Haller starts to think he has something he never thought he would ever see: an innocent client.

The Lincoln Lawyer, like all of Connelly’s novels, is a well written book that is constantly throwing twists and turns at the reader. Just when you think you have it figured out, something new comes up, forcing you to have to rethink everything. Anyone who enjoys mysteries, or just reading in general, should read this book.

THE MOVIE: Matthew McConaughey plays Haller. I’m not really a fan of his, but he did a pretty good job in this movie. Ryan Phillippe is also very good as Louis Roulet. Marisa Tomei gives a decent performance, but she looks really old in this movie.

The movie follows the book pretty closely. There are a few minor differences, but nothing worth complaining about. Overall, it’s a very good movie. Anyone who likes the book should definitely check it out.