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
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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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