Worth

Worth ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I heard about Worth when listening to a number of critics discussing possible Oscar contenders for this year. They said that they wish films like this were in the conversation, but that due to their distribution model, they likely would not be.

I will be the first to admit that Oscar buzz ordinarily makes me love a film more. Maybe if this was getting that kind of attention, I would have been more affected by it. Instead, I just felt like it was pretty form for stories about my profession. Lawyer is overly logical and by-the-book. Lawyer is confronted with the human element of the law. Lawyer softens and manages to find a solution that takes said human element into account. There is usually a montage where we see the lawyer working extra hours and gut-wrenching stories so that we, as an audience member, can also understand how Unfair the law was before this life-changing transformation.

Does that sound like an A+ movie? I don’t know. Maybe it is. I have reached a point in my career where I am not too keen on this profession and do not believe in these life-changing and transformational journeys us lawyers are apparently confronted with. The number of firms that truly commit to this level of pro bono work is few and far between.

Of course, I loved the stories of Karen Donato and the gay man that was not entitled to compensation. The former because I truly love Laura Benanti, and the latter because anything related to LGBT rights tugs at my heartstrings. It’s true that telling these stories enriches the film as a whole and makes us understand the character journey. But I still feel a bit emotionally manipulated by their inclusion at all. Of course, this story cannot be told without them. But in a way, it still makes me endlessly frustrated.