Fans Of New Netflix Legal Thriller Are Being Urged To Watch Matthew McConaughey Film
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The 2011 film saw McConaughey star as Mikey Haller, a defence attorney with a pretty dodgy client. It's a firm favourite among fans of the actor, with a pretty impressive 83 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
So, it's no surprise that a series by the same name on Netflix is being recommended to fans of the actor.
The Lincoln Lawyer series was released on the streaming platform on 13 May and while the story has the same name as the film, there are some key differences.
First things first, the series is a continuation of the story in the film and not the same story.
Let us explain: while both the film and series are based on books by Michael Connelly, the film is based on the first book from the collection, also called The Lincoln Lawyer, because that name just seems to hit.
Meanwhile, the series is based on the second book, called The Brass Verdict. We think they should've called it The Lincoln Lawyer 2, but at least The Brass Verdict is less confusing.
So, what's the difference between the stories?
Well, while the 2011 film sees Mikey grapple with some shady characters, the 2022 series sees the lawyer confront his own shadows, exploring his personal struggle with addiction.
With us so far? Good.
The new series stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mikey, with Neve Campbell playing the attorney's ex-wife Maggie McPherson.
And, it seems, the series is set to be a smash hit, as it's already overtaken Ozark for the number one spot in the US and the UK.
The Lincoln Lawyer feels like one of the most important things to happen for Latinos in TV. Not only is it written well, but it’s not centered on his “Latino-ness”. Garcia-Rulfo is the real deal and his accent is a breath of fresh air for a show centered in LA.— Jose Vicente Chavez (@josevinnychavez) May 14, 2022
Viewers quickly took to socials to share their views, with one user writing: "The Lincoln Lawyer feels like one of the most important things to happen for Latinos in TV.
"Not only is it written well, but it’s not centered on his 'Latino-ness'. Garcia-Rulfo is the real deal and his accent is a breath of fresh air for a show centered in LA. Watch it."
Now, we'd argue that's enough to at least give the series a go, but some viewers were still a little sore that McConaughey wasn't involved in the project.
One user said: "I can’t believe Netflix made a Lincoln Lawyer tv show without Matthew McConaughey that’s not alright, alright, alright."
While another said: "I couldn’t get into the Lincoln Lawyer series on Netflix, it feels like an after-school special if you ask me.
"Can’t remake a Matthew McConaughey character without the right amount of swagger to him, you'll never guess what the series is called... it's The Lincoln Lawyer."
Still, there's only one way to find out if the series lives up to the film and that's to watch it on Netflix now.