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The General (1998)
I liked it, despite a few niggly flaws
The General is a movie probably only truly appreciated by those familiar with the environment it was based on. For many American viewers, I feel the black humour is lost and they might expect it purely to be classic gangster movie where the plot leaves an air of tension through a developing story and a series of climaxing events. Im sorry but Hollyfield is definitely not Hollywood! I think that might explain some of the 'boring' commentary in previous reviews. As for my own views, i think it is an excellent movie which is interesting, witty and depressing. What makes it so is a central character who can be so creative and innovative with a pronounced intelligence and set of values BUT who wastes these assets through devoting his life to crime, self indulgence and power. The character of Martin Cahill is not portrayed accurately in the film as he is seen as a likeable rogue whereas the real General was a brutal, horrific thug who despite all the interesting facets to his personality, was ultimately beyond redemption. So that is my chief gripe with the film but it does not deter from a fantastic movie which is extremely enjoyable, about the life of Dublin's most enigmatic crimelord. For a more accurate portrayal of the actions of The General, i would suggest reading the book by Paul Williams on the man himself. For those of you who found the film boring, i would suggest never watching another movie made in 'real ireland' again, because you will not have the appreciation for the background, dialogue or humour at all.