Goliath

2020 October 2020

By Suzanne A. Marshall on the October 2020 Edition

Creators:         David E. Kelley, Jonathon Shapiro for Amazon Prime Video

Starring:          Billy Bob Thornton, Tania Raymonde, Nina Ariana, Diana Hopper, Ana de La Reguera, Amy Brenneman, William Hurt

“Billy McBride, a disgraced lawyer, now an ambulance ‘chaser’, agrees to take on a wrongful death lawsuit in hopes of getting revenge on the firm he helped create.”

This series began in October of 2016, so allowed us some considerable ‘binge’ watching as we settled in to our new life of semi isolation and avoidance of COVID-19. This is an extremely well done, gritty, series about Billy and his considerably altered life after the fall out with a huge and wealthy law firm. He lives in less-than desirable surroundings and chips away at survival.

When a huge lawsuit drops in his lap, he decides to take it on and the drama really begins.

The series is chock full of great characters, and plenty of sus-pense, as Billy and his team of helpful ladies or friends give him support and try to help him out as he works his way through the legal mine fields. Thornton is really terrific in his role as are the whole cast. And, when William Hurt (Donald Cooperman) comes into the picture, an eerie character evolves that gives the series a real sense of tension and anticipation.

There is no love lost between these two ex-partners. I mustn’t ignore  the  terrific  role  of  Nina  Arianda  playing  Patty  Solis Papagian, another lawyer looking to move up and who initially brings the wrongful death suit to Billy. They make an interesting pair battling it out against the prosecutors. The cinematography, music and pace of this series is riveting. Another highly recommended adventure.

The series has received seven Golden Globe nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Actor. There are a number of other sources of awards such as Jupiter Awards, Satellite Awards and more. Enjoy!

IMDB rates the movie at 8.2/10 based on 31,422 viewers’ comments.

 




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