The Deal Reviews

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November 8, 2012
"Politics is not always about... higher matters."
This sums up so much. Casts a bright light on the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Their friendship, climbing the ranks of parliamentary and the divisive agreement for one to move ahead of the other with sites set on Prime Minister. Might be old fodder for our English brethren, but I found it interesting. It's a short watch, anchored in strong performances. If you have an interest in politics, watch. If not, pass.
½ September 10, 2011
interesting topic undermined by snail-like pacing
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2010
michael sheen does his first tony blaire, 3 years before the queen, along with david morrissey as john presscot, meeting in the 80s when they become labour mps, forging a friendship and working relationship, with a eye on the top job in the future, with presscot as prime minister, bth are on fine form, and the story shows well, the early years, and when the conservatives were in power, but als how presscot, was the driving force and a future country runer with blaire by his side, events dident turn out like that so interesting to see how things and thinking could have been
½ August 8, 2010
The Prequel to the much acclaimed The Queen, this film falls short of the mark, largely because the subject matter is far less interesting. Whilst The Queen deals with the Royal's inability to connect with the nation over Diana's death, and Tony Blair's natural ability to do so, the Deal is about the rise to political prominence of Blair and his friend and rival Gordon Brown. And how this movie missed Helen Mirren's rogal presence. Left to his own devices Michael Sheen does his best, and gives a believable performance (again) as Blair, and David Morrisey does a credible rendition of Brown, but the script is dull and the action is largely confined to the office the two upstarts share and Blair's favourite resturant. Oh.. and innumerable phone calls. The film is only really for people who have an interest in Britsh politics per se, but even then it gives us no real insight beyond what has already been reported ad nauseam in the media. Worth buying for Brits for whom this might be the movie equivalent of comfort food.
January 2, 2010
Half cooked political drama which totally fails both as a film and as a depiction of Labour's life under Tatcher. The character of Gordon Brown is not well built, the politicians seem only moved by boyhood ambitions and the camera work is as memorable as John Major's environmental policies...
Super Reviewer
½ December 6, 2009
½ October 26, 2009
This British political flick was a bit boring.
Super Reviewer
½ May 8, 2009
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Stephen Frears, "The Deal" is an illuminating and well-acted docudrama based on fact that questions the notion of the necessity of compromise in politics. The movie starts on a fateful day in 1994 as Gordon Brown(David Morrissey) is planning to meet future war criminal Tony Blair(Michael Sheen, who I have nothing against by the way) to discuss the leadership of the Labour Party. Brown is especially bristling at the fact that the meeting place is at an upscale restaurant in Islington on Blair's turf.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The central conflict of "The Deal" is one of class. In fact, even with Brown being from a working class home in Scotland and Blair having attended public school, the two ambitious politicians quickly bond in a shared cramped office, having both first been elected at the height of Margaret Thatcher's popularity after Great Britain beat the high holy snot out of Argentina in the Falklands War. Brown pays homage to Labour's core of workers while Blair(who is depicted as being an unctuous weasel) is tired of constantly losing to the Conservatives and wants to win at any cost. He gets his wish in the end. It is a shame because politics in any two party system is cyclical on a national level. The cycles vary depending on circumstances, economics and monumental screw-ups. For example, the Conservatives are about to take power back in the present day.[/font]
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