Streaming Sunday features TV series or movies adapted from books I’ve read, offered on at least one streaming service and I’ve watched.
I am up to date in the Mickey Haller book series by Michael Connelly, which begins with The Lincoln Lawyer. It’s related to the Harry Bosch book series and they often crossover. However, the TV series based on both book series have yet to connect and as they are on different streaming platforms, I fear they never will.
The movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer stars Matthew McConaughey, which I watched and loved. He became my version of Mickey as I read through the book series, both visually and voice. When the series lead was announced, I worried whether he’d live up to my existing voice and image for the character as McConaughey left a strong imprint.
The first season of the TV series is based on The Brass Verdict, the second in the book series. I think that was a smart decision as it put some space between the movie and the TV series. There were hints from the first season that makes me think that case will be featured at some point.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stars as Mickey Haller and his version is polar opposite of McConaughey’s depiction. My hubby struggled initially but I decided to lean into his performance. By the end of the second episode, he’d won me over. I thought it was a smart decision for him to play him so differently from the movie personality. He’s his own Mickey and I never felt like I was comparing him to his predecessor.
The casting of the other roles feels right but I especially love Becki Newton (of Ugly Betty fame). She’s ideal as Mickey’s second ex-wife and office manager whose lover is former biker Cisco and Mickey’s investigator, portrayed by Angus Sampson. Yes, Mickey’s relationships are complicated and can feel incestuous but it just works! Neve Campbell plays Maggie “McFierce” McPherson, his first ex-wife and mother of his daughter Hayley. She’s a prosecutor so their paths cross both personally and professionally.
Another standout is Mickey’s driver, Izzy Letts, portrayed by Jazz Raycole. Their conversations in the Lincoln Navigator are some of the best moments in the series. She brings a uniqueness to the role.
I tried to savor the series by watching only one or two at a time but by episode four, hubby and I gave up and binge watched the rest. I very much enjoyed the first season and I’m confident there will be a Season 2.
Here’s the most recent news from Michael Connelly, the author of the book series and executive producer of the TV series:
“Truly incredible news: The Lincoln Lawyer was the most watched show on Netflix in 65 countries! We haven’t heard yet if there will be a season 2 but we certainly hope so. If you enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer please do give it a thumbs up on Netflix. (And if you like to rate shows on sites like Rotten Tomatoes & IMDb, that would be helpful, too.)”
The Lincoln Lawyer is currently streaming on Netflix.