Are Audiences Over Robert Downey, Jr.?
"Well, The Judge isn’t particularly good—the plot is hoary, David Dobkin’s directing is plodding—yet for all its faults, I’m pleased to see Downey trying to play an actual character again. His performance is up and down—the beginning is marred by too much lazy Downeyismo—but because he respects his costars, he settles into the action as he goes along. He doesn’t hog scenes as he’s lately been prone to do.
And with luck, this is only the beginning of his fifth act. You see, I liked Downey for so many years (before I didn’t) that I’d hate to think he’d gone over to the bland side forever. It would be great to see him star in something where he isn’t cushioned by money and stardom and vanity, something quirky and daring that scares him a bit and enlivens his senses and finds him working with a good director. After all, one thing I used to love about Robert Downey, Jr. was that he never seemed to be in it for the money.”
MOD NOTE: Notwithstanding the baiting title, it’s an interesting article so I decided to post it here for maybe some discussion.
The author’s thoughts are something that I’ve kinda seen some older RDJ fans share (i.e., those fans who had loved the man since the 90s/pre-comeback). But as always with RDJ, another chapter is waiting, as this author mentions.