The Journey Reviews

  • 2d ago

    As stated by others, this is a movie for all. Ubiquitous enjoyment. The first scene pulls one in and never lets go. There is an element of Harold Pinter: much communication is done under the silence. The screenplay, lush cinematography and musical score creates the perfect canvas for stellar actors to exceed in their gifts. Unpredictable, and pleasing: this is a gem of artwork.

    As stated by others, this is a movie for all. Ubiquitous enjoyment. The first scene pulls one in and never lets go. There is an element of Harold Pinter: much communication is done under the silence. The screenplay, lush cinematography and musical score creates the perfect canvas for stellar actors to exceed in their gifts. Unpredictable, and pleasing: this is a gem of artwork.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    Great performances by Spall and Meaney give life to this critical moment in Irish History and provide both an incite into Ulster's divided communities and the price that has been paid for it.

    Great performances by Spall and Meaney give life to this critical moment in Irish History and provide both an incite into Ulster's divided communities and the price that has been paid for it.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    El viaje (The Journey) [2017]

    El viaje (The Journey) [2017]

  • Nov 19, 2017

    Excellent movie! Great great acting from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall!!

    Excellent movie! Great great acting from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall!!

  • Nov 19, 2017

    Excellent!!...Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney were brilliant!

    Excellent!!...Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney were brilliant!

  • Nov 16, 2017

    While this movie is primarily conversation concerning the background for the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, the director and actors have made this a film with no drag or unnecessary scenes. I was surprised with the excellent dialogue, beautiful cinematography, spot-on editing and flawless direction. More than 2/3 of this movie takes place inside a limousine or inside a government office. The high quality of the acting which included Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley, Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness, John Hurt as Harry Patterson and Freddie Highmore as Jack (the "chauffeur"), was never in doubt. While this is not a documentary, the fact that Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness became close friends after the 2006 peace talks is verifiable. Their conversations are riveting. At the beginning of the closing credits are photographs for the actual men (Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness).

    While this movie is primarily conversation concerning the background for the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, the director and actors have made this a film with no drag or unnecessary scenes. I was surprised with the excellent dialogue, beautiful cinematography, spot-on editing and flawless direction. More than 2/3 of this movie takes place inside a limousine or inside a government office. The high quality of the acting which included Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley, Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness, John Hurt as Harry Patterson and Freddie Highmore as Jack (the "chauffeur"), was never in doubt. While this is not a documentary, the fact that Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness became close friends after the 2006 peace talks is verifiable. Their conversations are riveting. At the beginning of the closing credits are photographs for the actual men (Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness).

  • Jul 18, 2017

    Mc Guinness is well represented. Paisley less, despite the effort of the actor. The Big Man was too big!

    Mc Guinness is well represented. Paisley less, despite the effort of the actor. The Big Man was too big!

  • Jul 17, 2017

    Although restrained by it's setting, the two main actors do a great job.

    Although restrained by it's setting, the two main actors do a great job.

  • Jul 08, 2017

    What it lacks in authenticity is more than made up for by its fictional though thoughtful debates of the issues at the heart of the Northern Ireland peace process, why it took so long to resolve and the remarkable steps it took to bring about a workable solution. Add to that the sizzling performances of Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, and you've got a riveting series of dialogues that, in lesser hands, might easily have come off as a dry, plodding history lesson. While I usually have issues with films that take such blatant dramatic license, and even though the writing and narrative occasionally go wildly off the rails, this inventive take on this subject matter satisfies immensely without ever becoming tedious or pretentious. There's more here than many of the dismissive accounts contend, and that's worth watching -- and perhaps applying when circumstances merit.

    What it lacks in authenticity is more than made up for by its fictional though thoughtful debates of the issues at the heart of the Northern Ireland peace process, why it took so long to resolve and the remarkable steps it took to bring about a workable solution. Add to that the sizzling performances of Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, and you've got a riveting series of dialogues that, in lesser hands, might easily have come off as a dry, plodding history lesson. While I usually have issues with films that take such blatant dramatic license, and even though the writing and narrative occasionally go wildly off the rails, this inventive take on this subject matter satisfies immensely without ever becoming tedious or pretentious. There's more here than many of the dismissive accounts contend, and that's worth watching -- and perhaps applying when circumstances merit.

  • Jun 20, 2017

    It's politics and talks. But there's a goal for these characters, a moral that rebuilds peace, it's quite interesting throughout their trip in the movie.

    It's politics and talks. But there's a goal for these characters, a moral that rebuilds peace, it's quite interesting throughout their trip in the movie.