The Deal Reviews
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.
They and screenwriter Peter Morgan gave us this excellent film of the so called deal between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at a top resturant in London.
Michael Sheens Blair in the flashbacks is portrayed as a wet behind the ears MP eager to impress and trample over otheres to get what he wants.
David Morriseys Gordon Brown on the other hand is a dour dyed in the wool socialist Whos sees everything with cold reasoning.
Peter Morgans script crackles with great dialogue and one suggests that you see this film before watching the Queen to get an idea where the film makers were going.
A powerful work and a good watch too
[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]