Erin Brockovich Reviews
Great Film!!! The element that made Julia Roberts a star in Pretty Woman is very much what carried this movie. Julia's strengths is her ability to play street-wise, honest, and passionate characters. Erin Brockovich is all those things. Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich is exactly the uplift picture you've always hoped for. strong acting, moving script, important issues, legitimate procedurals and best of all it is scrupulously faithful to its true story. The film benefits from the style that Soderbergh brings to it. It glides with the grace that he brought to Ocean's 11 and has the rich colouring that parts of Traffic had. His direction really adds to the film and makes the sum feel a little greater that the parts put together. Overall this may not be the legal thriller that you hoped for and it may move a great deal slower that I thought a Hollywood film would, but it is worth it. The film is patient and worth baring with and Roberts is actually pretty good in the lead! Enjoyable.
Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation.
No point going on, as this is an older film now, and most would have seen it, but if you haven't, give it a go, will probably enjoy it.
Attention usually falls on the Oscar-winning turn by Roberts (and deservedly so), but Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart are certainly impressive as Erin's boss and boyfriend, respectively. Incredible writing by Susannah Grant.
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Erin Brockovich essentially combines two movies. The first being about a single mother of three struggling to support her kids in a materialistic country. The second about said single mother transcending stereotypes by discovering and investigating a cover up by a large utility about the damage that their plant has caused local residents. The great achievement that director Steven Soderbergh makes is to combine these two elements seamlessly. Julia Roberts is in superb form in the titular role and her co-star, veteran Albert Finney, turns in an excellent performance. Good support comes from Aaron Eckhart as Erin's main squeeze, George and Marg Helgenberger as Donna Jensen, the woman whose Real Estate claim starts the whole thing off. The screenplay by Susannah Grant provides Roberts with lots of snappy one-liners, which I'm not quite sure the real Erin Brockovich said. But hey, it makes for more fun in the movie. I defy you to go see Erin Brockovich and leave without a smile on your face.
What makes this movie less effective than it could have been to me is that the subplots were pallid. Aaron Eckhart has nothing to do here; their romance comes off as maudlin and unconvincing, especially when they fight. There's maybe one scene where her children seem like a legitimate part of the plot or Julia Roberts's character development. A lot of the figures in this movie are just ciphers to bounce more development off of the admittedly one-dimensional Ms. Brockovich.
But the dialogue is fantastic, the storyline gripping, and the message inspiring. It begins to show signs of wear in the third act, but the finale is really great. This is definitely one worth seeing.