The Deal (2003)
The Deal (2003)
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just a couple of guys conniving their way to the top but mostly appearing to do so via telephone
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[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]
[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]
"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.
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...
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