Jimmy’s Hall is one of the movies that explore the theme of civil war although the film focuses on an era that took place a decade after the war. The film is an attempt to make the audience realize that even after the civil war people in Ireland found it hard to interact socially and joyfully live in the Irish society.
The film shows a man called James Gralton who belonged to a poor farming background and had migrated to the US when he was a young man. However, he came back to Ireland after the truce between the Irish and the British had been signed. James Gralton wanted to return to his country so that he could live with his compatriots. Living in the US had made him only more patriotic, and he longed to return to his homeland where he was raised as a child. When he returned, he was surprised to see that his town was burned down, and the area where he used to play as a kid showed signs of abuse and ill-treatment of people (Golding, 2014).
It was then that he decided to rebuild the area and turn it into a place where everyone could come and socially interact with one another. The film shows James Gralton as a person who earnestly wanted to do something for his compatriots. He felt disheartened that his countrymen had to suffer so much while he was in the US. He legally felt obliged to help them from their misery and wanted the Irish to live for the present rather than ponder about what happened in the past. James Gralton realized that the civil war had terrorized the Irish, and he wanted to lessen that impact of war into the mind of people (Golding, 2014).
Jimmy’s hall shows the character of James Gralton rebuild one of his family estates so that the place could be utilized for the Irish to learn music, dancing, poetry and socially interact on a day to day basis. However, there were challenges that James Gralton faced. The war was over, but the presence could still be felt. The movie shows how the church tries to interfere with James Gralton