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Although historically inaccurate in a number of instances, this film is nevertheless an engaging representation of Collins' life, and of the civil war period in paticular.
Rickman is well cast as de Valera, and he clearly researched his performance as the Marmite man - you either love him or loath him.
A good deal of the sentiment and feeling of the period is conveyed, and the unfortunate consequence of civil war upon personal relationships is evident.
In reasonable form, the chronology of the development from a war of independence to civil war, and the political issues that were prevalent, are conveyed.
The film does not represent entirely the reality of the history, but it does represent the reality of the emotion about this period and provides a not unhelpful introduction to the chronology and waypoints, the characters and highlights.
It is good entertainment, and a starting reference point that should inspire further investigation.