Blu-Ray Review: Journeyman

With an array of impressive performances over the last two decades, Paddy Considine has proved himself to be one of Britain’s finest, most versatile and consistent acting talents. Some of his most memorable roles include Dead Man’s Shoes, My Summer of Love, 24 Hour Party People and Hot Fuzz. His first outing behind the camera, Tyrannosaur, was arguably the best British film of 2011 and his strongest acting performance. He’s equally impressive in his new film Journeyman.

Matty Burton (Considine) has it all. A beautiful house, a loving wife (Jodie Whittaker) and a beautiful baby daughter. Despite being heavyweight champion, Matty realises that he’s coming to the end of his career and needs one big fight to secure their future. After a bruising encounter with controversial newcomer Andre Bryte (Anthony Welsh), he emerges victorious but collapses later at home. After awaking from a coma, he attempts to re-start his life whilst suffering from brain trauma. Matty faces his biggest test yet. Piecing his life back together and save his marriage.

Journeyman is a tough watch at times, with the boxing only forming a small portion of the film. The focus is on Matty and his personal struggle. Considine is phenomenal in the central role and really puts everything into the part. Whittaker is almost equally impressive. It’s a powerful drama which might occasionally test your patience and I find it surprising that boxing is given a free pass, considering the plot. Journeyman doesn’t quite up to the high standards of Tyrannosaur but once again proves that Considine is a director to watch.


  • Commentary with Writer, Director & Lead Actor Paddy Considine
  • interview with Paddy Considine and Boxing Coach Dom Ingle
  • Extended Scenes: Post-Fight Interview & Head-to-Head

Journeyman is released on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download and VoD by Studiocanal UK on 39 July.

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