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on 5 August 2008
I have just watched this film tonight and I found it fascinating. This is from the writer and director of `The Queen' and there are strong parallels between the two films, particularly as Michael Sheen once again provides an outstanding portrayal of Tony Blair.
The film chronicles the relationship between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair from when they became MPs to when Tony Blair took charge of the Labour party. British politics is often seen as drab and grey, so it is to the writer/directors credit that this film is fast-paced, gripping and satisfyingly entertaining. It stands up well to political films with much flashier subject matter, like Bill Clinton's infidelities during his quest for the Democratic nomination (Primary Colours) or the rollercoaster Presidency of Richard Nixon (Oliver Stone's `Nixon').
A special mention must also go to the two lead actors. It must be difficult to play two real life characters that the audience already know so well, but David Morrissey and Michael Sheen do a fantastic job. You quickly believe that you are behind the scenes with Brown and Blair.