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Movie Review: ‘The Journey’ Gets Lost in an Inappropriate Adventure

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[dropcap]R[/dropcap]eligious leader Ian Paisley and Republican leader Martin McGuinness were once enemies in Ireland, but soon became the best of friends. The Journey suggests that they reached this level of understanding after being stuck in the same car on their lengthy road trip to the airport. It’s a fictionalized event that whips up the most absurd of scenes and dialogue to get these two to see eye to eye. I would laugh at such an idea, if only it weren’t treated as such a somber farce that aims to be more bio-pic than satire, featuring real footage of the civil war that both figures helped fuel at one point.

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Nothing like a car ride to solve an argument.

In real life, Paisley and McGuinness are known as the Chuckle Brothers, which would lead me to believe they found something more hilarious between them than one or two giggles by the end. Most of their time is spent in the car, casually arguing with one another on everything from religious laws to Samuel L. Jackson. It’s a little hard to believe McGuinness would bring up Snakes on a Plane when speaking with a religious leader. That seems like a conversation better suited for their future days of reconciliation.

To be fair, very strong actors play the two roles. Colm Meaney plays McGuinness with a subtle amount of emotion and antagonism, while Timothy Spall practically melts into his role as the pudgy and grouchy Paisley. Both of them feel like characters built for an opposites-attract comedy, if only they had a better comedic premise than a road trip. I forgot to mention that this road trip to the airport was not just a matter of circumstance, but a secret operation ordered by the MI5 chief Harry Patterson (John Hurt) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Toby Stephens), complete with a fake security driver chatting with them over his earpiece.

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Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney in ‘The Journey.’

Again, these characters are set up here to be more comedic for watching the potential Chuckle Brothers like a soap opera via hidden cameras. But when John Hurt continuously speaks into the ear of the driver in on the operation, babbling about the history of the country’s civil war and the importance that these two come together, it reeks of being both bad melodrama and an inappropriate biopic.

Stops are staged on the journey to give the movie something to do. A tire blows out and McGuinness and Paisley wander around the woods. They find a dying deer and discuss putting it out of its misery. They find a church and have a brief discussion of sermons and frailty. It’s a sharp contrast to the more comedic scenes in the car where McGuinness tries to pester Paisley, making games about guessing which movie Paisley last saw in 1973. Neither of these tones hit, despite both Meaney and Spall trying to put their all into these roles with a very poor script attached.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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