Hot off the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was considered an Oscar hopeful until critics were allowed to see it, a second trailer for The Judge has been released. The focus is still on the relationship between Robert Downey Jr.’s slick big-city defense attorney and his estranged Midwestern father, played by Robert Duvall, who has been accused of murder. But the new trailer emphasizes Vera Farmiga’s role as Downey’s love interest, who appears to be the type to see the soulful interior behind his glib exterior. (“You’re simultaneously the most selfish and most generous person I know,” she says.) It also inadvertently emphasizes that Downey, Duvall, Farmiga, and Billy Bob Thornton have all either won an Oscar or been nominated for one, and poor Vincent D’Onofrio has not. Let’s get inspired together:
The trail of the tape
Title: The Judge
Director: David Dobkin
Screenwriters: Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton
Release date: October 10, 2014
Tagline: Defend your Honor.
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “You’re just a boy from Indiana who’s going to do whatever he has to do to pretend that’s not true.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
It may be worth noting that the new trailer, post-TIFF, does not include any approving blurbs from the press. This despite the fact that The Dissolve’s Noel Murray raved, “The Judge isn’t actually that terrible,” and NPR’s Linda Holmes noted “a flawless cast” and “...a couple of arresting moments...” But director David Dobkin, whose previous features include The Change-Up and Fred Claus, doesn’t make movies for critics. He makes movies where audiences can see every story beat coming from a mile away.