Reviewed bymalcolmgswVote: 5/10/10
This film may make a good story but it doesn't make good history.It istrue to say that the casualties on the first day in Normandy equalledthose on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.However it isdifficult to give much credence to the notion of the film.Churchillwould have been aware of the threat posed by the V rockets and theprospect that if nothing were done eventually the whole of Europe wouldhave been overrun by Stalin's Soviet army.Also by this time Churchillhad very little say in things and he was aware of this.He was notsenile,which the film implies,but he was haunted by depression,whichthe film chooses not to mention.All told this is a film which istotally unworthy of the great man's memory.
Reviewed bycomps-784-38265Vote: 4/10/10
Yet another film where they feel the audience is too stupid to have anyknowledge of the subject, so must dumb it all down into patronisingpap.
Not happy with insulting us already, they then take historical factsand rewrite them totally for no other reason than they can. Then slipin the old adage "Based On A True Story" which like so many films,claiming to be 'Based on a true story' is actually code for a load ofB.S. pretending to be factual.
Churchill was one of the greatest, complex and most flawed charactersof recent history.
Instead of going with truth (and therefore being much much moreinteresting) they went for a Hollywood horrible caricature full oferrors and downright lies.
I'm not surprised the writer has no other credits shown on IMDb. Thisis atrocious pap. Insulting to a great man, who we were privileged forhim to give 'the lions roar' for us, in the face of evil.
People watch films like this and others e.g. 'The Imitation Game' andthink they are portraying factual history. They leave the theatrefeeling they have learned something, instead it varies from grossdistortion of the truth to out and out lie.
The irony is, the true story is so much more interesting. But it meansthe writers would have to put a lot of work in portraying it. Henceit's more convenient to serve us this pap and pass it off as'historical'.
the reviews saying this is an 'Insight into Churchill' etc, shows realignorance and how Hollywood rewrites history.
Reviewed byAlanjackdVote: 4/10/10
Never..in the field of cinematography..has so much crap been made to bewatched by so many people. When the DVD comes out we will see it on thebeaches...see it in the wheelie bins...etc I was dying to say that sothere you go.
Good points are that if you knew nothing about Churchill, this couldpass as a good " based on real events" matinée movie. All the cast doas much as they needed to pay their mortgages...sometimes beautifullyfilmed and neatly directed...if sometimes it wallowed in it's ownimportance.
Now the bad points..totally and absurdly historically inaccurate. Badlywritten and all through tries to build up to a crescendo but falls flatevery time.You leave the theatre no wiser of what went on and whoChurchill really was. As much as I admire Brian Cox ( I think hisportrayal as Hannibal Lecter is almost as good as Tony Hopkins...andthat's a MASSIVE compliment) I think he was miscast.
They had a chance to show us the mind of one of the few people whochanged the world ...and I walked out of the theatre cold and shortchanged.
Watch it on a wet day but cannot give more than a 4!!
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. An impulsive, sometimes bullying personality - fearful, obsessive and hurting. Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of young men were cut down on the beaches of Gallipoli. Obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness: his destiny. Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, Churchill is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he'll be remembered as an architect of carnage. Political opponents sharpen their knives. General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery are increasingly frustrated by Churchill's attempts to stop...