The Special Relationship
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Its a good movie...Quaid is very good and Sheen as its already been noted has played Blair twice before and is fabulous. Hope Davis is also terrific as Hillary. If you enjoyed Frost/Nixon, The Queen, or The Deal...you should enjoy this drama.
I can't give it a 5 star review although I was tempted because its a bit lighter weight than say Frost/Nixon which is a solid 5 in my humble opinion.
If you have an axe to grind in either direction on this you may wish to avoid...if you can check your party politics at the door and just enjoy this deliciously well acted big time political "soap opera" then I heartily recommend. Personally ....Quaid laying on the bed with a small television in his lap and continually pounding down Doritos was almost worth it for me...good fun, interestingly written a great diversion for an hour plus...and better in my opinion than most of the 3D and CGI filled theatrical releases of the day.
Massey may have had an acting advantage, since there were no movies or sound recordings of the 16th President that could be used for comparison, but Sheen has certainly employed the modern technology to his benefit. Indeed, there are many moments in his portrayal of the former British Prime Minister when you forget that you are not watching the real man.
THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, from HBO Home Entertainment, marks the third time that Sheen has played Blair on screen. Since the plot centers on him, rather than, for example, Queen Elizabeth, his portrayal in this film is much more comprehensive than his earlier efforts.
Set against world events, Peter Morgan's script is, in essence, a story about a "student" learning from and then surpassing his "teacher".
The "teacher" in this case is President Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid in a remarkable performance).
Clinton was nearing the end of his first term as President when Blair became Prime Minister. There was an immediate rapport between the two men and, both being liberals, they pledged to make their "special relationship" work and together bring the free world to their political way of thinking. Blair stood by Clinton when the President's embarrassing sexual affairs nearly brought down his Presidency, but the two friends butted heads over the war in Bosnia.
Directed by Richard Loncraine, this fine film examines the nature of friendship in the world of politics. Hope Davis presents a credible performance as Hillary Clinton and Helen McCrory, as Blair's wife, steals every scene in which she appears.
The DVD includes a "Making of" featurette.
© Michael B. Druxman
The filming itself was good. There were times, I was stunned how seamlessly, the movie was able to merge the movie into historical films. I also thought that Dennis Quaid played very well.
Arguably the film with the highest profile and most distinguished pedigree of the three is "You Don't Know Jack." Interestingly enough, it is also my least favorite. There is certainly nothing wrong with "Jack" and I learned quite a bit about Kevorkian, who to my mind is darn near a saint. From a surprisingly humble beginning, Kevorkian was a trailblazer and with single-minded purpose became a figurehead in groundbreaking legal debates about medical ethics. It's a great and fascinating story, but Levinson gives it a surprisingly by-the-numbers presentation. Anyone familiar with the routine cadence of a biopic will agree that this one ticks all the expected boxes. Pacino is refreshingly restrained and, for the first time in years, brings an understated dignity to a role.Read more ›
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For Vietnam Veterans, there doesn't seem to be any mention of That Deceitful little man's draft evasion. 'nuff said!Published 5 months ago by onesix
This is a pretty good movie. However they showed the Clintons as a couple with huge Who's which turned me out a little.Published 5 months ago by michael
THE MAIN EVENTS ARE MOST INTERESTING.....ESPECIALLY HOW THIS SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP TURNS.
IT HAD TO BE IF WORLD LEADERS NEED TO HAVE AN "AUTHORITY" IN THEIR COUNTRY,... Read more
It was very frustrating to watch Dennis Quaid's mouth move and the words were coming from an actor doing the voice over and it did not match
Dennis' timing...... Read more