Willie Nelson sings, ‘The Scientist” on soundtrack of “The Judge”

by:  Christopher Rosen

Audiences will get to see Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in “The Judge” starting on Oct. 10, but the Warner Bros. release made its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here’s a two-word review: It’s fine. Downey and Duvall are both good in this one, which seems destined to serve out the rest of its sentence on TNT for the foreseeable infinity.

“The Judge” is actually almost ready-made for cable viewing. The supporting cast includes Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ken Howard and Billy Bob Thornton, all of whom have appeared on television series within the last five years. Add those names to the film’s garish lighting, supplied by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (who never met a window he didn’t want to blow out with white light), and “The Judge” feels like an actual legal drama coming to ABC this fall. You’re almost surprised James Spader and William Shatner don’t show up.

Well, they don’t. But Willie Nelson sort of does. Nelson doesn’t appear in “The Judge,” but his name is the subject of a one-liner during the film and his cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” plays over the closing credits. That part of the movie is weird and surprising — two things “The Judge” is not as it plays things down the middle.

“The Judge” is out on Oct. 10.


11 Responses to “Willie Nelson sings, ‘The Scientist” on soundtrack of “The Judge””

  1. Peter says:

    This is a great film! Loved it!

  2. James Randall, Esq. says:

    Great movie. Academy wards for Downey and Duvall. Beautiful scenes. Great acting. Duvall = awesome. Willie’s song should have been in movie not at end.

  3. Linda says:

    Heart warming,luv the movie & the song by Willie.

  4. Kris Stewart says:

    Great song Willie…

  5. sandy Griffith says:

    I always enjoy Willie Nelson songs, but this song touched my core, as did the movie. Thank you Willie!!

  6. Charle says:

    we do realize that Coldplay wrote this song in 2001 correct? Just commenting on the comments 🙂

  7. Charlie says:

    we realize this is a cover of Coldplay right? 🙂

  8. Charlie says:

    sorry, did not mean to post twice. didn’t think first was posted.

  9. Terry says:

    Great movie, great song.
    Gotta love ya some Willie

  10. Diana V says:

    love the movie

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love your beautiful music

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