Eavesdropping at the Movies #59 – Journeyman

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A boxing film that opens with its climactic fight and develops drama in its aftermath. We find Journeyman disappointingly contradictory – a showcase of performance, writing, and observation, executed with no cinematic nous or flair. Paddy Considine lacks credibility as a world champion boxer, but captures beautifully the impotent rage and misery of such a star physically and mentally diminished. His road to recovery is a clever and interesting twist on the typical boxing film formula of training for a life-changing fight, executed too sappily and casually.

A film we like but don’t admire.

Plus Bouquets to the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham. What a pleasure it is to see films in such a great place.

 

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José Arroyo and Michael Glass of Writing About Film

Recorded on April 17th, 2018

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