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The Duke | Film Review

Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year previous taxi driver, is upset that individuals like him must pay for a license with a purpose to watch tv. When he reads within the newspaper how a lot the federal government has spent for a portrait of The Duke of Wellington by Goya, he decides to steal the portray from the National Gallery in London. He sends ransom notes saying he’ll return the portray if the federal government pays extra consideration to the wants of poor individuals. He figures the ransom cash pays for lots of TV licenses.

The Duke tells the story of this modern-day Robin Hood who in 1961 did try to steal from the wealthy to offer to the poor. Jim Broadbent is convincing because the fearless and undaunted idealist. Helen Mirren performs his spouse, who isn’t in on the scheme, and Fionn Whitehead performs their son, who helps cover the portray of their house.

This is a pleasant true crime film stuffed with twists and turns. But its strongest moments come after Kempton returns the portray and is placed on trial for theft. Given the possibility to talk for himself, he explains that he has at all times regarded out for different individuals and gotten in bother for it. When he was simply 14, he bought dragged out to sea by a riptide however a passing boat saved him. He knew somebody would come as a result of he had religion in individuals. He provides:

“I knew someone would. I am not me without you. We all need each other. You are me. It’s you who makes me me. And it’s me that makes you you. Humanity is a collective project.”

Jim Broadbent as Kempton Bunton testifying in court.
He goes on to elucidate that he’s involved about conflict widows and the pensioners, the boys who went to conflict and at the moment are over 65 and are remoted. “My philosophy – the I’m you and you’re me thing – tells me that every time someone gets cut off from the rest of us, this nation becomes a foot shorter.”

It’s not usually that you just hear the African philosophy of ubuntu articulated in a courtroom. But that’s the takeaway from The Duke. Ubuntu means “I am because you are.” As Archbishop Desmond Tutu put it:

“A person is a person through other persons. We learn how to think, how to walk, how to speak, how to behave, indeed how to be human from other human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. We are made for togetherness, we are made for family, for fellowship, to exist in a tender network of interdependence.”


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