[This is one of my golden oldies reviews - written years
ago when I was just getting started.
I stand by the conclusions, but in most cases many details
are missing that I would normally include today.]
I am a BIG John Grisham fan. He is the author of THE FIRM. I
liked him so much that I ended up reading all 4 of his books while on
vacation in Hawaii in May.
Now, I would give the firm 2 1/2 stars. Only if you have NOT read
the book, would I recommend the movie; otherwise, I would say skip it.
I found the movie simple and easy to follow. I thought the
casting was just about perfect in that everyone in the show reminded me
of the characters from the book. Although granted there were some
changes, I thought overall the movie was a good subset of the book. I
thought the movie was well directed and edited. The visuals and the
sound were nothing special but were okay.
Now, why if I loved the book and I thought this was very similar
to the book would I give it only a so-so review? The reason the book
was so great was the suspense and the page-turner writing style. After
reading the book, there were no surprises. A big ho-hum.
If you have not read the book, you might just love this show. If
I had not read the book, I think it might have gotten as high as 3 to 3
1/2 stars from me.
Copyright © 1996 Steve Rhodes