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Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie Review by Ms. H

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie Introduction

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is by no means a superhero movie, so if you are still hyped up about Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman or other similar type movies based on DC or Marvel comic book characters, now is the time to take a break for a short while.  I would classify Roman J. Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington as a character study movie tinged with a bit of corruption and conspiracy.  There are no spoilers in my movie review so if you plan to see this movie, feel free to check out my movie review either before or after you see Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Storyline of  Roman J. Israel, Esq.  Movie

Fortunately, there are not a slew of multiple storylines following various characters in Roman J. Israel, Esq.  The movie is essentially about Roman J. Israel who is played by Denzel Washington. There is no murder mystery, police corruption, serial killer, psychopath, rescue, criminal mastermind or other similar type plots involved.   This movie is simply about a character who many may say have various eccentricities that may or may not seem quite normal or expected in everyday life.   

Denzel Washington’s Portrayal of Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie

In my opinion, Denzel Washington did an outstanding job in displaying the character from his point of view.  I happened upon a  brief on-line  interview with the director of Roman J. Israel, Esq. before I saw the movie.  The director indicated he was more than happy to give oscar-winning Denzel Washington full range on how he wanted to portray the character of Roman J. Israel, Esq.  On the same interview show, Denzel Washington gave a brief insight into playing Roman J. Israel, Esq.  He was asked what was his favorite part of the film, which he responded with -- not a specific scene -- but with a particular speech disfluency he demonstrated at one time in the movie.  Once you see Roman J. Israel, Esq., you will probably be able to tell which speech disfluency he was referring to.

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Acting Ability of the Actors in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie

I have yet to see a movie starring Denzel Washington that was not to my liking and of critical acclaim.  I think almost everyone is aware of the movie, Training Day, from which Denzel Washington obtained the coveted academy award.  Of course this does not mean that his acting ability was not worthy of an award prior to and even after the movie Training Day.  This just happens to be the one movie he was publicly awarded for based upon his excellence in acting.  In fact, I can not recall any movie that Denzel Washington starred in that would be considered a B movie.  This is thanks in part to the type movies Denzel Washington chooses to star in as well as his extraordinary acting abilities.

Of course there were other actors in the Roman J. Israel, Esq. movie, including Carmen Ejogo and an actor who has starred in quite a number of big movies, Colin Farrell.  The other actors played their roles in tune with the movie; however, their acting skills were no comparison to the caliber of Denzel Washington’s.

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Previews of Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie

Since I’ve already seen the movie, Roman J. Israel, Esq., I can appreciate  the scenes shown in the previews that were adequate without spoiling the movie for me.  Before seeing the movie, I could only guess what this Roman J. Israel, Esq. character was all about.  One preview scene that stood out for me was when Denzel Washington was talking to his client about confidentiality while displaying a look on his face that may be a little suspect.

Assessment of Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie

I whole-heartedly describe Roman J. Israel, Esq. as a must-see movie if you like movies that have the elements of a novel that you can’t seem to put down.  Roman J. Israel, Esq. movie displays a character who edifies by actions and expressions various human emotions of rejection, rebellion, acceptance as well as humiliation and even self-sacrifice all demonstrated by an actor who seemed destined to play this role -- Denzel Washington.  Some of the other actors could have improved on their acting; however, my movie rating will be based on the actor, Denzel Washington, who carried the movie and whose acting is the reason, I highly recommend you see it.

Rating of Roman J. Israel, Esq. Movie

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Roman J. Israel, Esq. 5 stars.

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