Strained relationships, family issues and emotional drama – this movie has it all. The story delves into the life of a cocky, high-profile city lawyer, Hank Palmer, who returns home to his estranged family. What ensues thereafter is a predictable family drama, enriched by picturesque view of the locales, excellent cinematography and commendable acting by an A-list cast. The story while undeniably lacking in the area of novelty, has finely sketched out characters and a few emotional scenes which make the movie a pleasant watch.
The plot highlights the strained relationship between an authoritarian father and his rebellious son. Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a self-absorbed lawyer, returns to his childhood home for his mother’s funeral. However, he extends his trip, when his father Joseph Palmer, a local judge is accused of murder. Hank decides to go out of his way and make things right. Whether he succeeds or not, forms the climax of the film.