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Review of the film “Michael Collins“
Written and directed by Neil Jordan

The film “Michael Collins“ is a film based on the true story about how Ireland became the Irish
Free State. The film is about how Michael Collins, played by Liam Neeson, became an Irish national hero by turning Ireland into an Irish Free State. It deals with how Collins and the underground army IRA, fought for their homeland an their freedom. And how the fight for freedom cost a lot of problems for Collins and his friends. Last but not least how people turned their back to him, and ended killing him while leaving his fiancée Kitty, played by Julia Roberts, back alone with the loss and pain of her dead husband.

It´s a magnificent film there describe a big national hero for Ireland. The political message is one-­‐sided, because in the movie Neil Jordan are indicating that only firefights can bring Ireland to become a Free Irish Republic. At the same time are the pictures that Jordan is drawing of Collins and de Valera, played by Alan Rickman, very black and with. He is drawing Collins as the hero there are trying his best and giving all of him self to get the country to become a Irish republic, and de Valera as the bad guy there can´t get enough, and will betrayed everyone or do anything to get it his way. In the movie there is a love triangle between Michael, Harry and Kitty. Sometimes you get the feeling that this personally intrigue is dividing Ireland more than the political contrasts.

The movie has very beautiful pictures, the scenography is Grammy worthy and the special effects, with rumbling bombs and noisy machineguns, makes it perfect. We never get to know Collins as person, with all he had achieved, it would have been nice to know more about him personally.…...

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