Simply 'Marvellous'. This word itself describes the movie. As 2014 is reaching its end, we can see many lists for best movies/TV series floating on the internet. And that's how I find this movie with IMDb rating 8.2. So naturally, I put it on my watch list. And yes that was a decision I certainly didn't regret. This is a biopic and is one of the best dramas I watched in 2014. It is a TV movie aired on BBC TWO. You will get fully involved with the life of Neil. A man who has learning disabilities but in fact he is differently enabled. He is sure of everything. For him life is <more>
happiness. He does everything what he wants to do. Every new person he meet is very good friend of him. He can simply ask any thing and surly gets it. A very good job done by director Julian Farino. Also a very nice story and script by Peter Bowker. Outstanding acting by Toby Jones and Gemma Jones as Neil and his mother Mary. They both gave a memorable performance that will certainly add some accolades in their chest. I enjoyed the movie, every bit of it. It plays with your emotions. You will laugh and will want to cry at some points. Full of fun yet teaches you the philosophy of a great life. And be careful, if you miss one line, you may miss a very beautiful message/ outlook on life. In every department it's a perfect movie. Great story and script. Good direction. Camera captures every emotion very cleverly. Back ground music goes with the movies pace. And of course very good use of choir sings popular songs accompanied by ukuleles. And in some department I have no hesitation to compare it with one of the greatest movie of all time "Forrest Gump".I will give it a 10 on the scale of 10.
Nello Baldwin - a man who sees things differently... (by ianlouisiana)
"Marvellous"is a docudrama about Neil Baldwin,a man who is wired just a little differently to most of us.Neil can see a solution before a problem is even apparent to others."It's good to be nice to people" is his credo and he lives it 100% long after most of us would have thought it's good to give some people a smack.A footballer at Stoke City refers to him as a "mong" and Neil says calmly and politely "I am not a mong" and carries on having forgotten the incident. The programme could have been mawkish,or sentimental,or patronising,or deadly <more>
serious,but in fact it is very funny and uplifting - much like its subject. Neil's obsession with Stoke City F.C. leads to him being given the job of kitman by the then manager Lou Macari who is eventually poached by Celtic but he uses Neil as a sub in his last home game - a wonderful gesture. As Macari is leaving he turns to Nello and says "You once asked me who was my best signing?Well,you were ....by far and away".Brilliantly played by both actors. The programme is made in what might be described as the Richard Lester school of early post - modern irony with Neil Baldwin appearing as himself from time to time,correcting the screenplay when it is in danger of verging into the hyperbolic. Neil is a registered circus clown and a stalwart student helper at Keele University whose work was recognised by an honorary degree. But you feel his heart is at the football club where he has become a cult figure. But most of all,"Marvellous" is a celebration of the indomitability of the human spirit,the triumph of the unorthodox and the affect of a truly child - like grown - up person on those around him. I found it funny and moving in equal measures and turned off the TV feeling slightly more optimistic about my fellow men than is my wont at 10.30 at night.
MarvellousI have been meaning to seeing Marvellous for a while since it was shown on TV last year and i have to ask myself why did it take so long ? because this film is a joy to behold. It's the story of Neil Baldwin , who's outlook in life is infectious and lives life too the full . Along the way , picks up friends that mere mortals like you and me wouldn't think of mixing with. Toby Jones is fantastic as Nello and this confirms that he is currently one of the best character actors around today. What is really good about this is the interspersion of the real Neil Baldwin who <more>
confirms long the way that this did or didn't really happen . Director , Julian Farino has made a film here that can only be described as joyous and it is worth the licence fee alone. Nello is a legend . Bloody Marvellous. 10 out of 10
Marvellous does not do this justice. (by markgorman)
Marvellous is such a small movie in scope and ambition that it shouldn't really register. It was made for UK TV and not overly hyped, yet it turns out to be a career defining work for an actor that has already had all manner of praise heaped on him for his role in Infamous and his many franchise movie roles Potter, Hunger Games and The Muppets. . Like his contemporary Michael Sheen Cloughie in The Damned United and David Frost in Frost/Nixon he is adept at playing performances that impersonate the stars Truman Capote in Infamous . Only this time the star is not really anyone outside <more>
of Stoke has ever heard of.He plays, Neil Nello Baldwin, a small guy with learning difficulties who has no fear of the conventions of life because the fear button in his brain is switched off. The result is an outrageous journey of hope over fear, joy over sadness and opportunity over failure.A clown. Stoke City's kit manager. University of Keele doer. Crazy jobs each and all. And all brought to life by this amazing man's unique personality.Three times I wept. It's a joyous movie but has deeply sad moments and is an absolute must see.
Don't you just love it when you watch a film without knowing much about it and it absolutely goes above your expectations? That's what Marvellous did for me. It is an outstanding TV movie. Everything about this film is simply Marvellous! The film is an incredible true story which gives a great message to the viewers; it's a real heart warmer. Neil Baldwin is an incredible man who is portrayed so well by Toby Jones. The supporting cast were also very good and I liked how in parts of the film we also saw cameos from the real life people that the actors were portraying. A really <more>
unique way to shoot a film but it worked.As I watched this film I had a huge smile on my face the whole way through, it played with my emotions. Some of the one liners are incredibly funny and then some scenes are so happy that you want to laugh and cry.Some people may look at this and be put off by thinking that it's a film about football, please don't let this put you off. It is about so much more than that and overall is an incredible true story. "There's only one Neil Baldwin"9/10. – A film so good that it will probably end up in my top 10 for 2014 – Watch it!
Toby Jones, Neil Baldwin, Tony Curran and Lou Macari are all Marvellous (by irishtouristoffice)
I've seen all the blockbusters this year. Guardians was great with an awesome soundtrack. X-Men was epic and Captain America was excellent but Toby Jones' best film this year doesn't have to rely on special effects to tell a very special story. This film has real heart and tells an extraordinary story with warmth and humour about Stoke City's famous kit man, ex circus clown Neil Baldwin, who along with ex Man United legend Lou Macari, appear in sporadic scenes with the actors who play their parts beautifully. These interjections work brilliantly and give you a sense of Neil <more>
Baldwin's wonderful personality. I was very impressed with David Tennant's performance in United but I think Tony Curran has trumped him here. In fact all the cast were excellent including Gemma Jones, who we know as Brigid Jones' mother, and Nicholas Gleaves. Gary Linikear also makes an impressive cameo. It's a better film than United which was in itself excellent and though It may not have the drama of The Damned United, it's definitely on a par artistically. If you don't feel good after watching this film you have serious problems!
I saw small segments of the advert on television, and the article in the television schedules for this TV made film, at first I didn't know what it was, but because of the leading actor, and reading the description, it definitely sounded worthwhile. Based on the true story, Neil Baldwin Toby Jones was born just after World War II in Westlands in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, he is a man considered to have learning difficulties, but he has an appetite for life, and lives by the philosophy "I've always wanted to be happy, so I decided to be." With encouragement from <more>
his mother Mary Gemma Jones Neil joined the circus to become Nello the Clown, having left his job at the butchery, but he seems undaunted when the circus moves on without him, so he finds a cleaning job in Keele University, he also appoints himself unofficial greeter to new students, a role rewarded by an honorary degree in 2013. Neil has a passion for football, he manages the University's unofficial football team, named after him, and in 1992 he goes to meet and support the new manager of Stoke City, Lou Macari Tony Curran , his beloved football team, and talks his way into becoming the team's kit man and unofficial mascot. With his friendly personality, his religious faith, and unflinching attitude there are no boundaries for Neil, he is able to turn up at the House of Commons and have tea with MP Tony Benn, he becomes a friend of Prince Andrew at Cambridge University which results in his name being on the Queen's Christmas card list, and claims to be friends to many religious and celebrity names, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, with their autographs and photographs in books, including Bibles. Neil overcomes setbacks through his life, including the death of his beloved Mother, who had been showing signs of being sick, but he never lets his limitations and unknown people's negative visions of him stop him from seizing opportunities, making many friends close and distant and living a marvellous life. Also starring Nicholas Gleaves as Rev Mark and Fresh Meat's Greg McHugh as Malcolm, and cameo appearances from Gary Lineker, Uriah Rennie, Norman Barrett, and the real Lou Macari and Neil Baldwin himself. Jones gives a fantastic and highly believable performance as the man with learning difficulties who always seems to remain positive, this biographical film has many elements to it, it has the realistic serious scenes, but in moments it becomes comedy, a musical, and clashes the scenes with both acted and the real footage which is really clever to watch, a great comedy drama. Very good!
Marvellous is a film you could safely recommend to anybody.It is difficult to envisage what you could not like or gain from watching it. It will take you through every emotion imaginable in the 90 minutes and can justifiably apply a range of genres. It's is slightly slow in the earlier portion, the chronology goes slightly awry at times but nothing which hinders it and you can near guarantee being enriched through the life of Baldwin and performance of Jones being presented to you.The only downside is that neither film or actor probably meet any of the award season elligibility criteria.
Excellent, heartfelt film (by JonsKlaessens)
Delightfully small and warm, Marvellous tells the story of one of the greatest human beings living today, Neil Baldwin. Neil is kind man, a registered clown, a devout follower of the Church of England, a Stoke City enthusiast and a frequent visitor at the local university he does not study at. Neil goes through life like we all ought to go through life, always trying to relativize events positively. This incredible made for TV movie a fact that can only be seen in the budgetary constraints, not in the quality, there it rises above most big budget blockbusters , feels a lot like the French <more>
film Amélie. That film too was overtly positive, believed in the inherent goodness of people and had me crying tears of joy at some points. Marvellous is not easy to find, but please try, it is well worth the extra effort. Don't do it because I said so, do it to experience the joy that is Neil Baldwin.