The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Why I love it:
- This film is classified as a mystery/thriller, but it is also horror in my book due to the sinister subject matter and supernatural scenes.
- It’s about Kevin Lomax, a southern defense attorney played by Keanu Reeves. He’s great at what he does, but he is willing to sell his soul in order to make it to the top in the field of law. He sells his soul by winning a case for a child molester who he knew good and well was guilty.
- Al Pacino plays Milton, the devil and boy is he funny in this role. You really can’t take him seriously as Ol’ Scratch, but he sure is entertaining–especially at the end when he goes into his blasphemous monologue.
- There are elements of magic interwoven into the plot especially a form of magic which appears to be akin to Palo Mayombe. Delroy Lindo plays this spiritualist who is on trial for animal abuse after being caught in the middle of a ritual sacrifice. Lindo is believable in this role–a little too believable.
- The dressing room shape-shifting scene.
- The scene where Milton tells Mary Ann, played by Charlize Theron about her bad hairdo. Talk about throwing major shade.
- Mary Ann and the baby dream sequence scene.
- The scene where one of the lawyers gets killed by the gang of spirits in the park.
- Charlize Theron did a pretty good job playing the faithful, yet spiritually aware wife. I loved how she catches onto the game quickly and doesn’t let up on Kevin. She is not blinded by the enticements: “I know we’ve got all this money, and it’s supposed to be OK, but it’s not.” she tells Kevin in a desperate plea for him to leave the firm.
- Craig T. Nelson plays a guy who murdered his family and he is very credible in his role. He gets a nod since he starred in Poltergeist I & II. The red-headed dude who played the father in Beetlejuice is in this as well. Both do very well at playing shady characters.
- The nice twist about Kevin Lomax being Milton, the devil’s son especially with Kevin’s mother being a devout fundamentalist Christian.