We’ve seen complicated father-son relationships on the big screen before, but Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. offer a new perspective on an old story in The Judge.
Downey plays fast-and-loose defense attorney Hank Palmer, who heads home when his mom dies only to stick around to defend his dad, small-town judge Joseph Palmer (Duvall), in a murder case.
“His father is a pillar of the community. Everybody knows a dad like the judge,” Downey told EW’s Anthony Breznican earlier this month. “Every community has one, and every family has either heard of or been under that kind of patriarchy. It’s this very American story. But it’s also a story about family, and reconciliation, and law, and justice.”