The Opening Night slot at the Toronto International Film Festival carries certain weight. It guarantees that the eyes skimming a very crowded field fall squarely on you and your movie, at least for a few hours. Some movies rise to the occasion (like Rian Johnson’s Looper, for example). Others wilt in the spotlight (like last year’s The Fifth Estate).
Judging by reactions, David Dobkin’s The Judge falls right in the middle. It generated both praise and mild scorn, but justified its presence with mega-wattage star power provided by the movie’s leads, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The former showed off his social media skills by taking fans through his red-carpet prep, via Twitter.
He dropped one photo before the red carpet outside of Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.
And then onto the carpet, where he had to do countless interviews:
And, finally, he took us into the post Judge party. The life of a rock-star movie actor.
The Judge kicked off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and opens in theaters on October 10.