Friday July 3, 2020

McGuinness and Paisley: Unlikely double act fails to catch fire

Strained and clumsy dialogue, while the more obvious grandstanding moments struggle to connect

7th May, 2017
Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall in The Journey

It’s one of the great unanswered questions of recent Irish history: how did Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley put their differences aside and forge peace from generations of enmity? Belfast-born director Nick Hamm’s The Journey is a fictionalised attempt to imagine what happened between McGuinness and Paisley, stretching the historical record beyond the point of elasticity to find some deeper truth.

Timothy Spall, his mouth set in a prosthetic grimace, plays...

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