GIA'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK
THE DUKE (M)
A charming, understated and completely enjoyable frolic about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things that seems doubly startling because, while seeming implausible, it also happens to be absolutely true.
It’s a daft, lovely story, and it opens up like a flower – the final half hour is deeply and unexpectedly moving.
It’s an old-school British caper in the Ealing Studios tradition, modestly but glowingly crafted and beautifully acted by old pros — and you leave it both buoyant and a little sad. Making that feel easy is hard.