Roman Israel, Esq—the movie formerly known as Inner City

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  • BigJay2012
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    i think Denzel is in.

    And there may time to edit this film into a better one

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    Golddenny
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    We need more reviews but it starts to feel like another 5 stars performance in a 2-3 stars movie, for Denzel. It’s frustrating that he can’t find himself in a great combinaison movie, where everything, especially the director’s work is on Denzel’s level.

    As for the nomination, it will be hard but not impossible. Oldman is probably winning the oscar (Great, overdue actor + Baity role + Raved performance + Good notices for the movie itself that will probably gets a Best Pic. nomination). Timothee Chalamet is very young but (raved perf and movie) I think he will gets a good push by critics that will result to a nomination (a little the same way they pushed (helped) Affleck to the win last year). And having saw it, Chalamet deserves it.

     

    The rest is the question mark to me, on paper a PTA + Day-Lewis new association should do wonders but it could ends like Inherent Vice and from what I’ve read, the subject of the movie is strange and could be unfriendly to a good part of the academy. And all of Day-Lewis nominations came from best pics movies.

    I wasn’t really impressed by Last Flag Flying trailer and is Cranston truly lead ?  Hanks recent history with the academy doesn’t favor him but I guess he has to happens somedays, I feel he could get in this time, hopefully for a less good old,  america’s dad/hero Tom Hanks but it could end up as just being the Streep’s show.

    And the last one I see in contention (so far) is Jake Gyllenhaal, respected (albeit underated award’s wise) actor, super baity role, some great first words about his perf., movie looks better received than I originally though, he could happens. BAFTA will most definitely favor him over Denzel tho. 🙂

    Bale, Garfield, Renner (terrific), Franco… don’t feel them ATM.

    The category is relatively weak with some question marks, Denzel could happens (Raves reviews, different role, last year loss, he’s Denzel F/ckink Washington) but it will be hard, the movie seems to be a dissapointment and inaccessible for many, time will tell. Let’s hope for the Globe first..

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    Andrew Carden
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    Not sure I’d even include Washington among my top 10 at this point. With poor reviews, this will go nowhere commercially.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Nicholson at the Oscars (1981) – Reds

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    Not sure I’d even include Washington among my top 10 at this point. With poor reviews, this will go nowhere commercially.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Nicholson at the Oscars (1981) – Reds

    It has to be released first in order to go nowhere commercially. And the director has time to make small trims to clarify and strengthen perceived weakness in the final edit.

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    distain
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    Very interesting review from John H.Foote at TheCinemaholic. He thinks the film is only “good” (3/5) but believes Washington is not only better than his film, but will win the Oscar over Gary Oldman. Says it’s Washington’s most daring performance, and arguably better than his work in Malcolm X.

    Foote also compares the character of Roman J Israel to to Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar winning role in Rain Man, but says Washington goes deeper into character than Hoffman and is less affected. He thinks this performance is a total transformation.

    https://www.thecinemaholic.com/roman-israel-esq-review/

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    distain
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    The full review from Foote;

    We have never seen Denzel Washington as he in, as Roman J Israel, Esq. his new film that screened here at TIFF as a late announcement. The actor, one of the finest in movies, stretches himself further than he ever has before, easing brilliantly into the part of a high functioning man with Aspergers, a brilliant lawyer savant who is not presentable to clients, but handles the research and legal work behind the scenes.

    With a towering Afro, a three piece suit from three different suits, old seventies glasses, he looks like a person of the street, until he speaks and then the intelligence, and the issues are clear. It is a stunning transformation because the actor has never broke this far from himself in turns of appearance. Gone is the trademark toothy grin, whether flashed in anger or joy, replaced by a somber man who rarely meets the eyes of the person he is speaking with and can recite reams of law. He falls far deeper into character than say, Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man (1988), and is less affected than Hoffman. Despite the fact, initially, we know it is Washington, we lose him, he becomes Roman. Or rather he becomes as he announces, “Roman Israel, Esquire.”

    Directed and written by Dan Gilroy, the script offers the actor one of the most challenging roles he has ever portrayed, and a true artist, he meets that challenge, soaring with a masterful performance.

    Remember how truly devastated he was upon losing the Oscar last year in a Fences (2016)? No need, he will be back this year and I believe he will win. It is a mesmerizing performance from one of our greatest actors who proves he still can astonish us. We have seen truly brilliant work from him, Cry Freedom (1987), Glory (1989), his astounding Malcolm X (1992), Philadelphia (1993), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001), Flight (2012) and last year, Fences (2016) but we have seen anything from the actor like this transformation.

    Forced to find other work when his boss suddenly dies, he is left working for a legal shark portrayed by the ever surprising Colin Farrell, having one of those dream years where he is everywhere, and good. What his new boss does not count is Israel and his ferocious commitment to the greater good, to Lost causes, to his connection to what he believed in at the beginning. A fighter for those who cannot fight for themselves, he is unique, a lawyer who believes in the law and his clients.

    Colin Farrell does very good work as the official courtroom lawyer at the firm, but make no mistake, he too knows the brains behind him belong to his curious colleague.

    Washington is astonishing in the film, and the director needed him to be because the film is not in the same league as his performance. It is good, but no more, while Washington is remarkable. I have always believed his finest work was in Malcolm X (1992) in which he gave a performance for the ages in a film for the ages, but this is by far his most daring work. Walking a high wire act, at a time when most actors have forgotten to be daring, he is nothing less than astonishing. Move over Gary Oldman… Denzel is in the house

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    It has to be released first in order to go nowhere commercially. And the director has time to make small trims to clarify and strengthen perceived weakness in the final edit.

    Denzel is pretty consistent at the box office, regardless of reviews (he’s had many films with far weaker reviews make bank). I think if the trailer is cut like a thriller and it’s a wide release, it’ll open like a lot of other Denzel flicks (around 20 million opening weekend) and do good enough business. Not really worried about box office prospects.

    Just wondering how the campaign team at Sony can manage to convert these frankly spectacular reviews for his performance (and less spectacular reviews for the film) into him actually being able to being competitive for the win. Oldman obviously has a big advantadge with his film being better recieved, but these are some of the best reviews I’ve seen for a Washington performance, and that’s saying something for him.

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    Golddenny
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    Didn’t know you were working for TheCinemaholic distain, congratulations ! 🙂 That’s some HEAVY praises right there, I hope SONY will move their a$$ and won’t mess the campaign (apparently their reputation isn’t that great…).

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    Oldman’s politics should eat away at votes. Washington’s movie will turn a profit and he’ll campaign more heavily than Fences last year. He was too comfortable thinking the prestige of himself and Viola and the source material by the late great August Wilson would be enough.

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    distain
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    Oldman’s politics should eat away at votes. Washington’s movie will turn a profit and he’ll campaign more heavily than Fences last year. He was too comfortable thinking the prestige of himself and Viola and the source material by the late great August Wilson would be enough.

    Yeah I agree. Washington maybe thought he’d walk his way to the win last season without doing the hard yards in campaigning. It was only after he won the SAG that he shifted into campaign mode, but it was probably a bit too late.

    He definitely needs to campaign this time, because his film is weaker. But with reviews as outstanding as he’s getting and a transformational performance, he can most likely compete for the win.

    Oldman is a brilliant actor, and I could care less about his politics, but you are right that some people may not vote for him on principle. The race could end up being very interesting…

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    Didn’t know you were working for TheCinemaholic distain, congratulations ! ???? That’s some HEAVY praises right there, I hope SONY will move their a$$ and won’t mess the campaign (apparently their reputation isn’t that great…).

    Ha…not on the Cinemaholic staff, but I do like the cut of their jib.

    Denzel’s getting “best of the year” level reviews. You’d have to be in denial to think otherwise.

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    iheartamyadams
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    lol This movie is currently sitting at 57% percent on Rottentomatoes. The nomination (if he manages that) will clearly be the reward here. I don’t even think Denzel Washington has managed a nom from a film that isn’t fresh on Rottentomatoes and as far as the win talk after the TIFF reviews, LMFAO. Oldman will win this with ease.

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