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The Duke

It’s not without its faults, but much like it’s protagonist the majority of them are good faults. This is a true story of a working class hero who writes plays and campaigns for social justice in his spare time. You’d have to be pretty hard hearted not to feel at least some warmth towards the man at the centre of it all, whether you agree with his sentiment or not. But then I’d also argue you’d have to be pretty hard hearted not to agree with his sentiment. 

It’s hard to put into words what I really got from this, because a lot of it was just a nice feeling towards a cast of characters who find themselves in an absurd situation. Their reactions to it and the ways they justify it are even more absurd, but not at all in a “that would never happen” way, more in a “can you believe he got away with that?” kind of way. It’s all just very endearing and heartwarming, even when the characters are at odds with one another. 

It does leave a few ends untied and I do have some questions about what happened to certain characters, but it’s nothing unforgivable. What the film does well is done very well, and it earns enough good faith for the lesser parts of it to be overlooked. This is a really fun little film, and I hope people go out to see it.

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