Sunday 25 September 2016

US reviewer compares film about Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to Die Hard

Geraldine Gittens

Published 08/09/2016 | 10:30

A scene from the new movie The Journey, starring Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness
A scene from the new movie The Journey, starring Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness
Colm Meaney plays Martin McGuinness

A new Irish film about Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley has been compared to the Die Hard action series – and a buddy movie.

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The film screened this week at the Venice Film Festival, and in its review Variety magazine says the story is “the political version of couple’s therapy, only without the therapist”.

We meet Paisley and McGuinness who despise each other, and have for decades, despite the fact that they’ve never met. Now, they have come together in St. Andrews, Scotland to hammer out an agreement.

Eventually, after working together for a long time, the pair grow to like each other.

"It’s the most die-hard formula in movies (in fact, they once made a “Die Hard” movie out of it). Two men are thrown together who really, seriously don’t like each other," the magazine's reviewer said.

“The Journey... is destined to feel a little corny, but the movie gets at something real.”

“It’s a celebration, by two splendid actors, of the art of political theatre and when the accord is reached, it’s because of what sly actors Paisley and McGuinness themselves turn out to be.”

“It’s the most die-hard formula in movies (in fact they once made a Die Hard movie out of it). Two men are thrown together who really seriously don’t like each other.”

“But because they have to spend so much time together, their hostility begins to melt grudgingly at first... after a while, they’re working together because they have to, but also because they know they’ve got the same goal.”

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