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Did anyone see this the other night? Just caught up with it - fantastic stuff.
Very good. I liked 'Nello's' philosophy on life: "I always wanted to be happy, so I decided to be."
He's like Forrest Gump, only English, real, and not annoying.
i know it's about Stoke's kitman but why have they made a biopic of him
but basically it's a guy with learning difficulties and the true story about how he managed to live a pretty amazing life.
Toby Jones was outstanding. Really liked how the real people would pop up every now and then. Shame it was just a TV biopic as I'd rather watch this in the cinema than, say, literally anything with Michael Sheen in it.
I liked how it left you thinking about lots of things:
- How we care and help people with learning difficulties - not just as a society, but personally as well.
- How it's ok to laugh 'at' people with learning difficulties - not because of their difficulties, but because they can be funny! The Lou Marcari stuff was done really well. He recognised value in Neil (mainly as entertainment and moral) and the bit with Lou and his Mum and her concerns about Neil being exploited was fantastic.
A couple of things I liked included the portrayal of the church/clergy - they were good decent people who provided Neil with a lot of help and support. I have family who work in the church and that's my experience - they provide spiritual, pastoral and practical help and support, and lots of the events and groups they provide a invaluable for the 'fringe' members of our society. It was a nice counter to the generally bad rep that the church gets at the moment, but also didn't drift into twee Vicar of Dibley nonsense.
I also really liked the bit where Neil said "what difficulties?" - he didn't even recognise them really and just played the cards he had. What an amazing guy. The way he was able to make people agree to things was just fantastic - "have you had breakfast?"
I agree with your point about the church dealing with 'outsiders' actually - obviously the difference here is that despite his learning difficulties Neil is obviously fairly easy to 'deal with' and doesn't need much actual day-to-day support so he's probably a fairly rare example, but still was lovely all the same of how someone who seems to be outside the norms of society can function so well within it.
The clip of with the local news reporter where he ambles into shot wearing a comedy Scotsman's outfit is very funny
I thank you for your kind words.
Can you all be nice about Peaky too? Second series starts Thursday. 93% of my blood, sweat and tears have gone into it.
Peaky Blinders does pique my interest
And I know I would say that, but genuinely. I've had to watch each episode a hell of a lot and I'm not even sick of it.
I shall comment no further.
Way WAY better.
it was the best British TV show I've watched for years, genuinely.
"I wanted to meet Tony Benn, so I just went to his office!!!!".
assume the soundtrack is rubs then