Our review of The Duke: A masterpiece

CRITICISM – The director of Love at first sight in Notting HillRoger Michell, succeeds in a rhythmic and funny film, between the social cinema of Ken Loach and the English comedy of the 1960s. As elegant as it is fierce.

It’s a true story that captivated England so much that it ended in a James Bond. The hero is a Robin Hood of the 1960s, a sixty-year-old taxi driver as funny as he is eccentric: Kempton Bunton embodied with great charm and playfulness by a Jim Broadbent at the top of his game.

Coming from the working class, this eccentric retiree lives in Newcastle with his wife Dolly (excellent Helen Mirren) and his unemployed grandson. In the district, vans equipped with radars control the households which have a television set, so that they fulfill the television license fee. This is an intolerable injustice for this man with altruism pegged to the body. How come Her Most Gracious Majesty’s government is going after ordinary people for an abusive tax? According to him “TV is the modern cure for loneliness, and as such it should be free for seniors.”

Talkative, always ready to ride Pegasus, Bunton is a…

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