The Devil’s Advocate Review for Devil Week 2015 @ The IPC

The Devil’s Advocate Review for Devil Week 2015 @ The IPC

Eric over at The IPC is hosting the first ever Devil Week and I am lucky enough to take part. To check out all the other amazing posts for Devil Week, click here

I remember The Devil’s Advocate as being a one of a kind, powerhouse of a movie when I first watched it when I was young and impressionable. In hindsight, it probably isn’t the greatest movie ever made, and the idea certainly isn’t new, but it’s still pretty darn good.

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The Devil’s Advocate is about a young hot shot attorney named Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) who has never lost a case. When he is approached by John Milton (Al Pacino) to work at his New York law firm, he can’t help but accept, wooed by the lavish lifestyle and promises of power. When his beautiful wife, Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) becomes increasingly depressed and warns him that there are evil forces at work, Kevin has to decide between his aspirations of success and… everything else.

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This is one of the last movies in which Al Pacino delivered a decent performance where he didn’t rely solely on yelling his lines (though there is quite a bit of yelling from him near the end).  Most impressive, is a incredibly delivered and well written dialogue between him and Keanu Reeves at the climax. Speaking of which, Reeves delivered a surprisingly well rounded performance in this as well. Although his character is terribly self centred and ambitious, there’s still something about him that makes us want to see him succeed and we become more and more invested in his future as the movie goes on. Also, Charlize Theron. Enough said. Does she ever fail to impress? She’s so innocent and brave in this role that it’s nearly heart breaking to see her go through the hardships that she endures.

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In regards to Reeves’ character, Kevin, the best thing about him is how relatable he is. Not in the directly literal way, but in that back of your mind, determined, ambitious part of yourself that won’t admit to what it would do for money, power or recognition, but is nonetheless there, kind of way. We all imagine ourselves to be righteous heroes; we all think that we are good people and that we would be able to ignore temptation if we were faced with it, but we don’t really know what we would do until we do it.  The truth is, we don’t really know what we’re made of and this movie explores taking that dark path that leads to… well, eternal damnation. If you believe in that sort of thing.

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The points that make this movie so good are unfortunately also it’s downfalls. It has such lofty ambitions and it’s trying so hard to get the message across that it comes across as pretty aggressively preachy. Also, movies like this don’t have very far to go from their climax, and this movie’s finale is a bit of a cop out compared to the stakes that were raised prior to it. The climax, which is a conversation between Pacino and Reeves, is so well written and such an interesting exchange that we feel slightly cheated by the end.

All that being said, it is definitely a movie that you have to see at least once. Maybe even twice. And there are a lot of genuinely scary moments and instances of pretty raw tension. The more I remember it, the more I recall how much I liked it. The performances are spot on and the script is very well written. The Devil’s Advocate is a must watch if you’re having a devil movie marathon and a great addition to Devil Week 2015. Watch it and let me know your thoughts!

For some other devilish review, check out my reviews of:

Devil’s Pass

At the Devil’s Door 

and

The House of the Devil.

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38 thoughts on “The Devil’s Advocate Review for Devil Week 2015 @ The IPC

    1. I was surprised no one else had done it. I watched it MANY times when it was released but I haven’t seen it in years. It’s funny when you think you remember a movie and you start writing about it and you have to look up specific detail because you forget and then a whole section of the movie comes back to you. That’s what happens to me anyways, haha!
      Reeves can be either hit or miss for me, but I do generally like him.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Ha! Yeah… I mainly review new movies I’ve just seen but I did do a few from “memory”. I probably could have done with rewatching some of them first! It’s amazing how little I remember about a movie just a year later. 🙂

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  1. My #satanicbestie !!

    Thank you for this! I haven’t seen this in so long – I should watch it again. For some reason I remember being disappointed in the end but it’s been so long. Excellent post!

    #satanicbestiesforever
    #creepsforlife
    #thebestdeadbody

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      1. I’ll have to order it up : ) I also want to put your other three movies on the devil week page if that’s ok?

        #satanicbestiesforever
        #crepes
        #midnightriders
        #nooatmeal

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  2. Excellent review Mel! Happy Devil Week 🙂

    Completely agree, not best film ever but worth watching once or twice and is a bit freaky in places!! I might watch it again soon I only saw it once, years ago.

    My grandad said once he wanted to watch it, I said it probably wasn’t his cup of tea however! 🙂

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      1. My grandad is so old school he thinks Unforgiven is an ‘awful film’ and a ‘silly western’.

        He likes Pacino but I said it’s not really the kind of film he’d be expecting !!!

        #happydevilweek 🙂

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