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This review is from: Michael Collins [DVD]  (DVD)
A film that genuinely shreds to bits two staple Hollywood golden rules. Firstly, as a historical film, it actually keeps loosely to the basic facts. Most of what you see and hear bears some semblance to the basic truth. Secondly, it works just fine as a well made, enjoyable film while still having Julia Roberts in it.
She (rightly) takes a back seat to Michael Collins' more pressing matters with the State of Ireland, and is therefore comfortably superfluous to anything key to the drama.
A good cast (led by Liam Neeson) tells the ongoing tale of Ireland's attempts to get the British monkey of her back. As throughout history, The genuine desire of the Irish to be liberated is matched only by incompetence and internecine tendencies, whilst the ice cool, stiff upper lip British approach masks well its own ineptitude. This was an enduring ineptitude that never fully acknowledged that its ongoing subjugation of Ireland relied solely on its own indecision and stupidity being marginally less damaging than the Irish ability to shoot itself in the foot at every available opportunity.
When the denouement of the film arrives - namely the Irish killing one their own in the middle of a process they at least had a semblance of control over - what was the Pretty Woman doing? Buying Pretty Dresses, of course.