The Journey (2017) - Amazon Prime
At a crucial moment in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, the leaders of the two sides, the Reverend Dr Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness ended up sharing a car journey. This film depicts what could have happened when these two sworn enemies sat down next to each other, alone, for the first time.
Well, the key word there is "could". I mean, the pair of them could have hopped in a spaceship and saved the galaxy from mutant aliens and it would have been just as realistic. But then this film is about dramatising the relationship between two men who fought for 30 years and ended up the closest of friends. It absolutely is not a reconstruction of the journey, it isn't how the two of them got on, it's more about why they ended up being known as "The Chuckle Brothers" within Ireland.
McGuinness is fantastically played by Colm Meaney with Timothy Spall doing a incredible job of Paisley - at times seeming to chew the scenery, but then that is what Paisley was. The script treats both sides equally, with Meaney getting sympathy for fighting for his side without shying away from the atrocious acts committed in his name. Paisley gets to grandstand about not sinking to the depths of his opponent, but coating it in self-righteousness, stubborness and rampaging ego. Spall and Meaney bounce off each other brilliantly and are never less than fun to watch.
The supporting cast is OK - John Hurt is there for exposition, Toby Stephens plays Tony Blair as a caricature and Freddie Highmore unobtrusively plays the driver.
So, minus a few million points for accuracy, but I'll give it a solid 3/5 for being really quite entertaining. You'll learn maybe a little (definitely not a lot) but you will laugh a few times on the way.
Edit: It should have been called A Royal Night Out At The Troubles.