During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation. (IMDb)
This is a really interesting biopic and an interesting story behind it. It was also scary how relevant it is to today. Fighting against the narrow minded powers that be, the government using the law against innocent people who simply go against their will, the older generation not willing to embrace the new. Sounds eerily familiar doesn’t it? Another bonus of this movie is how strong the main cast is. Barry Ward as the titular Jimmy is wonderful, a really strong and commanding presence. Andrew Scott makes a less than 10 minute screen time appearance as the younger priest who is nicer than the old priest. Where this fell flat for me was the almost over simplistic script, especially in the early group scenes, specifically with the younger cast. Also, the flashbacks didn’t quite flesh out why he left in the first place. You got that the church didn’t like the hall, but you never truly got why the older priest didn’t like him so much. Overall though, this is a pleasant enough true story.