The Journey

The Journey

DVD - 2017
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A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland. Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.


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Sep 06, 2020

This is a talky film focusing basically on two characters. Generally I am not a fan of political drama but this one is watchable. My problem is Spall over-acted a couple of times playing his character, who in turned impressed me as a hardcore catholic fanatic and not a very likable person.

Feb 09, 2019

Continued peace!

Nov 16, 2018

I can understand how people that are not far removed from the horrors of the Irish civil war, people unlike myself, could find this portrayal of peacemaking not so entertaining. They might give the movie low marks, because to them the fiction that is this movie may come across as a misguided cinematic indulgence profiting from the drama of real life war and peace making. Knowing the players and living the circumstances of events leading up to the talks better than I, they might find this fantasy downright silly. See O'malley's review:

On the otherhand and for me personally, I came to the film without emotional baggage or historical knowledge and found it to be a thought provoking dialogue on negotiations between two mortal enemies for the betterment of humanity.

Some scenes and circumstances were slightly tongue in cheek (or slighlty far fetched), but also provided symbolism, analogy, and opportunity for reflection and thought. In this regard it was Christmas Carol-esque, like the scenes where Scrooge goes on his ghostly journey down memory lane.

It far exceeded my entertainment expectations. Not as factual as I was hoping for. Still very poignant. Gripping to the last minute.

Finely acted, beautifully photographed, and entertainingly written. Too bad it's mostly speculation. While the journey did happen and peace was the result, what happened on film is pretty much complete fiction. There is no transcript and neither side has spoken about what was spoken. So, we get creative non-fiction. I don't mind that but I wish they'd disclose that up front instead of the phony 'Based on a true story" or "Based on true events" which really doesn't say much but suggests a lot. All that aside, it is an entertaining movie. Just don't think of this as historically accurate.

Dec 30, 2017

WOW! What I didn't know about the end to the civil war in Ireland! If this is even half true--what an amazing story. Colm Meany was wonderful. (the make up artist not so much) Lots of stars in this one.


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