Synopsis: In 1961, a 60-year-old taxi driver steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sends ransom notes saying that he will return the painting if the government invests more in care for the elderly.
The Duke is an exquisite tale of heist and grief, Jim Broadbent and Helen Miren give your de force performances as Kempton and Dorothy Bunton. Helen Miren plays a different character than we are used to seeing her play. Richard Bean and Clive Coleman give Helen an understated character that will surprise a lot of her fans, as she usually plays such an upbeat and outgoing character.
Jim Broadbent of Molin Rogue!, Gangs of New York, and The Iron Lady. Plays an unforgettable loving character that will go down as one of his favorites for his fans. He is charming and lovable as Kempton and even with his faults, you can’t stay mad at his character for long. The way he handles grief differently than Dorothy is admirable and humbling.
The Duke is based on a true story for those that are obsessed with true stories it’s one of the better true story movies that is not considered a true crime or one not based on a serial killer in a long time, and one that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for generations to come. Jim Broadbent and Helen Miren make this movie Oscar Worthy. Even with the film’s pacing faults, it finds a way to keep going thanks to its writing and cast.
Overall Grade: 3/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar