Journeyman

Year: 2017
Directed by: Paddy Considine
Starring: Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Paul Popplewell

Written by Dave Curtis

Paddy Considine’s first film ‘Tyrannosaur’ was not only a great debut as a director but it was also a stunning piece of film. Released in 2011 to a shower of praise from critics, it proved that Considine was a true talent in front of and behind the camera. It has taken nearly 8 years for his second film ‘Journeyman’ to reach the screen. So how does it fair up to his stunning debut? Directors second films are notoriously difficult to get right.

Paddy Considine this time writes, directs and stars in this gritty boxing drama. Considine plays Matty Burton; a veteran middleweight boxing champion who in a championship fight suffers a serious head injury which affects not only him, but those closest to him. Jodie Whittaker plays Matty’s loving wife and rock Emma.  This isn’t your average boxing flick, this is no Rocky 4 or 5. The fighting in  ‘Journeyman’ is not done inside the ring but outside of it. This isn’t an underdog tale or redemption story, which is truly refreshing. This is a story about going to the darkest place physically and mentally and then the journey back to recovery. 

The gift that Paddy has as director is that you can feel his passion for filmmaking and the subject of boxing. You can tell that he has a love for the sport and the boxing community. The injury that Matty endures is never laid at the feet of the sport. Rightly or wrongly his injury is just paved over as a terrible event. As a director who is still reasonably new to his craft; Paddy Considine has kept this a pretty simple looking picture. It feels unfair to compare ‘Journeyman’ to his first film ‘Tyrannosaur’ but every director gets compared to his last piece of work. It’s clear that he is a very talented director whose future work will be interesting to watch. But this could easily have been made for TV, like a really good ITV drama which would win loads of awards. It’s a shame that it just doesn’t feel very cinematic because the performances all round are outstanding and the script is nearly flawless.

Strong casting is the selling point to ‘Journeyman’. Both Paddy Considine and Jodie Whittaker put in stellar performances. Great chemistry goes a long way and both these leads carry the film. Paddy Considine has seriously been underrated on these shores and in Hollywood for far too long, he should have been given a role like this year ago. Maybe that’s why he wrote the part for himself. Considine is believable as an aging boxer and he does a descent job playing a character with serious head injuries. In the wrong hands it could have gone very wrong.

Jodie Whittaker’s stock continues to rise. Here she carries the film. As Matty’s wife Emma, she plays the role with so much heart, the viewer feels exactly what you should be feeling. Her life has been turned upside down and it’s down to her performance that grounds the whole film. The tears and sadness seem so real, my tears definitely were. For ‘Doctor Who’ fans it’s very exciting to see such a great actress about to play such an important and iconic TV character.

‘Journeyman’ gives a punch right to your gut. A film that will take you to the darkest areas of your mind but leaves you with hope and love. Considine and Whittaker’s strong performances are reminders that we have some great talent in British cinema. Hopefully it doesn’t take another 8 years to get Paddy Considine behind a camera again. That would be a shame.

Dave’s Rating: 7.0/10

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New Trailer for Paddy Considine’s LFF Hit ‘Journeyman’

“Boxer Matty Burton suffers a serious head injury during a fight. It is about the impact this has on his marriage, his life and and his family.”

Directed by: Paddy Considine
Starring: Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell, Anthony Welsh
Release Date: 16th February 2018

First Trailer For ‘The Death Of Stalin’ Has Arrived!

“The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci. In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.”

Director: Armando Iannucci

Cast: Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough
Release Date: 20th October 2017

Watch This Space: August 31 – September 6

Welcome to your weekly go-to film guide – WatchThisSpace – where we recommend what to watch in the cinema and on the television, and remind you of those brilliant films hiding in your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

Get ready for a weekend full of “youth culture” references. At the top of the bill is ‘American Ultra’, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Despite these big names, this film has received rather mediocre reviews across the board (6.5 on IMDb and 50 on MetaCritic). If you want a more positive opinion on this stoner-action-comedy, check out our review.

Over in America, cinema-goers have had the privilege of seeing ‘Dope’ for more than two months now, and it’s finally the turn of the UK to witness this indie film success story. A strong young cast, entertaining narrative and delightful soundtrack have seen this film garner praise from pretty much everyone, including us. Read our review here.

Another rousing success which came out of nowhere this summer, will finally hit the big screens across the UK. From a director better known for his horror works, comedy-drama ‘Me & Earl & The Dying Girl’ was hugely popular around the film festival circuits this year, and should be the pick of the weekend’s cinema releases.

ON TELEVISION

Monday 21:00 GMT: Jason Bourne crashes into your living room to get your week off to an explosive start. Tune into ITV2 on Monday night to see ‘The Bourne Identity’, the first installment of this fantastic trilogy. Once you’ve experienced this adrenaline-pumping thrill ride, you’ll be straight down the DVD store the next day to pick up the rest.

Thursday 21:00 GMT: Ian McEwan’s novel ‘Atonement’ is probably his most famous work, and much of that success is owed to this film adaptation. On More4, this is an emotional wartime drama starring two of Britain’s finest in James McAvoy and Keira Knightley. It also stars someone I know personally as an extra, so I have to suggest this one really – look out for the man on the bandstand reading the words out of a hat in the beach scene.

Friday 23:05 GMT: Film4 is showing the classic psychological thriller ‘The Sixth Sense’. If you’ve seen it before, then it’s still more than worth a watch. If you are yet to see this film however, then get ready for one hell of a ride.

Sunday 18:40 GMT: This week’s family film is out of this world, quite literally. ‘ET: The Extra Terrestrial’ is as iconic as they come, so sit back and see the weekend away in style with the family classic on ITV2.

Sunday 21:00 GMT: If you fancy something somewhat darker to see yourself into next week, then make sure you switch on Film4 this Sunday night. As far as we’re concerned here at JumpCut UK, ‘Shutter Island’ is the epitome of everything that’s right with cinema; Di Caprio, under the direction of Scorsese is surely enough to get your attention. This dark psychological thriller will have you questioning everything you deem to be real, even your own existence. You’ve been warned.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

The Prestige: The list of reasons we could use to get you watching this film is endless, but we’re sure the mention of ‘Star Wars’ will get your attention. Last week, the guys at ‘The Force Awakens’ HQ released a short teaser clip to Instagram, which featured the voice of Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. Serkis may be better known for his contributions to motion-capture acting, but he is just as adept when it comes to traditional acting. Look out for him in a supporting role in this magical film.

Whiplash: On Tuesday, JK Simmons will turn 60. The writers at JumpCut UK absolutely love ‘Whiplash’ and that is in no small part down to JK Simmons and his role as the ferociously ruthless music instructor Terrence Fletcher, a performance which nabbed the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role at the 2015 Academy awards. Get ready to tap your feet and cover your eyes as you enjoy the ensemble of Jazz music and terrifying abuse. You can read our review of ‘Whiplash’ here.

Dead Man’s Shoes: One film that you may not have heard of, but you need to add to your DVD collection as soon as possible, is ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’. This is a gritty, British film from the messiah of the realist film industry, Shane Meadows. This grizzly tale of revenge may not be light viewing, but it’s a brilliant and enthralling film which we guarantee you will want to watch again. Paddy Considine is absolutely fantastic in this film, but if you’ve seen him in cult comedy ‘Hot Fuzz’, then be prepared to see him in a whole new light.

Training Day: Here’s one just for the hell of it. This 2001 crime-thriller is an action-packed, devastating film full of guns, drugs and violence, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In another Oscar-winning performance, Denzel Washington stars as a rogue detective, opposite Ethan Hawke, and is just as ruthless and fearsome as JK Simmons’ ‘Whiplash’ character. If you haven’t seen ‘Training Day’ before, then you had better get with the program, quick!

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes and Nick Deal