Churchill
Year:
2017
Country:
UK
Genre:
Drama, Thriller, Biography
IMDB rating:
7.0
Director:
Jonathan Teplitzky
Brian Cox as Winston Churchill
Kevin Findlay as Fanshawe
Angela Costello as Kay Summersby
Peter Ormond as Briggs
Steven Cree as Captain Stagg
Ella Purnell as Helen
Richard Durden as Jan Smuts
George Anton as Admiral Ramsay
Julian Wadham as Bernard Montgomery
Danny Webb as Alan Brooke
James Purefoy as King George VI
Miranda Richardson as Clementine Churchill
Jonathan Aris as Mallory
John Slattery as Dwight Eisenhower
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Reviews
Aims for the heart, but misses the target
Did people really talk to Winston like that?

Of all the films about Churchill, rather than just showing his personal side, this one seems more interested in cutting the legend down to size.

I can't believe this is a complete picture. The film is beautifully made and Brian Cox makes as good a Churchill as did Albert Finney, but it's the underlying premise that concerns me.

The story is set at a critical point in WW2 as the Allies under Eisenhower are about to launch D-Day. Churchill is dead against invading France, opting for an advance from the Mediterranean. In this telling he is haunted by the disaster at Gallipoli and the carnage on the Western Front in WW1. He almost has a nervous breakdown as he is sidelined from the decision-making. His moods and depression cause a rift with his wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson).

No doubt Clemmie saw another side of the great man. He would have been a handful when he'd had a skinful as was often the case. Possibly she saw doubts that he never revealed in public and it is here that the movie captures intimate moments that have a ring of truth. I think the film loses its bearings when it claims that fear of another Gallipoli was the main reason Churchill apposed D-Day.

Churchill presided over many disasters in WW2, but he was a pragmatist, he seemed of the opinion that you can afford to lose every battle but the last one. Although Churchill did lose ground with President Roosevelt as the war went on, he never seemed to lose his strategic instincts. The most plausible reason for him not wanting the invasion of France seemed more that he saw the Soviet Union as the next big threat. He thought an advance up through the Balkans meeting the Soviet armies somewhere east of Vienna and Prague, would nip Stalin's territorial ambitions in the bud.

Far from being a man out of step with events he actually seemed ahead of them.

Still his ideas on retaining the empire and his domestic politics were the things that made him seem outmoded, but they are hardly touched on here.

The man had flaws and he was difficult. "Churchill" dwells on this aspect more than on the qualities that made him "The Greatest Briton of all time".

In the end, "Churchill" seems just a bit too unbalanced for me.
2017-10-27
Negative propaganda against a former great leader.
Great performance by the actors but I can't like the movie in any way. Not much happened in the movie. The movie was basically a couple conversations between him and some generals, and the theme in each conversation was about Churchill's opinions being ignored and how belittled Churchill felt afterwards. The movie portrayed Churchill in a very negatively way with a lot of history facts wrong, which has been pointed out by other reviewers here. I believe the purpose with this movie was to destroy a former leaders memory, for what reason I do not know, and I find this movie a disgrace to the history of Britain, even though I'm writing this as a non-Brit. I would like to give more than one star to honor the actors performance which was great, but I most protest against this kind of negative propaganda against historical facts, so therefore it gets one star.
2017-09-15
Churchill vs. Eisenhower before D-Day
Churchill is a British movie directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. It stars Brian Cox as Winston Churchill, and Miranda Richardson as his wife, Clementine Churchill. John Slattery portrays General Dwight Eisenhower.

The entire film takes place just before and just after the allied invasion of Normandy, which occurred on June 6, 1944. I'm not a history buff, and I always assumed that D-Day represented a stroke of true military genius. I was never aware that Churchill was vehemently opposed to landing troops in northern France. According to what I've read, Churchill believed that the allies would do better throwing everything they had into the Italian campaign.

In what is apparently historically correct, Churchill fought against the invasion, but he wasn't really in control of the battle against Hitler. Eisenhower was the supreme allied commander, and the ultimate decision was his.

Brian Cox sort of looks like Winston Churchill, and after a while I could believe it. However, I don't think John Slattery looks at all like Eisenhower, so that portrayal just didn't work for me.

Also, given that we all know that D-Day took place, there's not much tension in whether or not Churchill can stop it. So, what we see in the movie is Churchill ranting and raving, bullying his wife and his secretary, and praying that God sends a rainstorm to prevent the invasion from taking place.

What bothered me most is that, according to the movie, Churchill's opposition was based on his own terrible decision to invade Gallipoli in World War I. It's true that the invasion of Gallipoli is considered one of world military history's great blunders. It's true that Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty when that blunder took place. However, this was a different world war, and the conditions and nature of battle were different. It's hard to know, from the film, whether Churchill would have been equally opposed to D-Day if someone else had been First Lord of the Admiralty in World War I.

We saw this film at the excellent Little Theatre in Rochester, NY. Because there are no battle scenes and no shots of the D-Day armada, the movie should work as well on the small screen.

It's a must-see if you're interested in the history of WW II, or if you're interested in the role Churchill played towards the end of the war. If neither of these really matters to you, it probably won't work.

I don't think the movie is worth seeing just to see Brian Cox portraying Winston Churchill. He's very good, but I don't believe that the film is worth a special trip.
2017-06-03
escaping false history taught by white people
movie has shown insecurity among British politicians during late colonial rule. also it tried to specify that genocide during churchill as prime minister is fault of churchill which excuses fault of whole government and king of england, they are equally responsible for destroying civilizations and they almost infiltrated china. churchill was a hypocrite and a good actor, common trait of hoarder society
2017-09-18
Waste of time
Not being a big fan of the great man, but he did deserve better than this tripe. It would seem that the crazy lefties, who have been given such a good life by the great western society, can't do enough to undermine and destroy what has made the world such a good place today. So they manufacture artificial nonsense by way of a silly revisionist film to justify their insanity. It's all a bit like the drowning drunk scorning the lifesaver who has risked a lot to save him from the whirlpool of death. Marx would have let the drunk drown, but not Churchill. On the positive side, this crappy movie has given inspiration to read just a bit more on Churchill.
2017-09-19
Well, well
Greetings again from the darkness. Well, well. The image to most of Winston Churchill is epitomized by his nickname, The Lion of Britain. Undeniably one of the most iconic historical figures of the last 150 years, there have been volumes of articles and books and movies documenting his important role in so many moments that shaped our modern world. Director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) and writer Alex von Tunzelmann (she herself a British historian) take us behind the public façade and into the personal doubts and fears … even literally into his bedroom and the middle of his marital spats.

Brian Cox takes on the role of Churchill, and seems to relish more than the ever-present stogie and its lingering smoke. He captures many of the physical traits and movements, while employing his stage-trained voice in an exceptional reenactment of the infamous and impassioned D-Day radio speech. Complementing his performance is Miranda Richardson as Clemmie Churchill, the strong and diligent great woman behind the great man.

Most of the film takes place in the four days leading up to the June 6, 1944 Allied Forces invasion of Normandy, known of course as D-Day and Operation Overlord. At the time, Churchill was almost 70 years old, and what we see here is man teetering between past and present while cloaked in an almost paralyzing fear stemming from the 1915 Gallipoli debacle. He is presented as vehemently opposed to the Normandy invasion, though most documentation shows his initial resistance from (1941-43) had subsided, and he was fully on board by this time.

Although the ticking clock throughout the film leads to the invasion, this isn't a war movie per se, but rather a peek at the human side of leadership in a time of crisis. Ask yourself if you could readily order tens of thousands of young soldiers to face slaughter, especially after you had experienced such tragic results a still-fresh-on-the-conscience 29 years earlier.

John Slattery ("Mad Men") plays General Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander (and future President of the United States) and he more than holds his own in scenes with Cox/Churchill. Julian Wadham plays Bernard Montgomery, the Spartan General. He was over all Allied ground forces and accepted Germany's surrender in 1945. Taking on the role of British Field Marshal Jan Smuts (also the Prime Minister of South Africa) is Richard Durden. Having the thankless job of trying to keep Churchill on track, Smuts was the only person to sign the peace treaties for both WWI and WWII, and later established the League of Nations. James Purefoy does a really nice job as King George VI (replete with minor stutter), and Ella Purnell (Emma in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) shines as Churchill's bright-eyed new secretary, and invested British citizen.

The best scenes are between Winston and Clemmie, and those where he fine-tunes his remarkable speeches. At times the film veers into near-caricature mode, but manages to right itself thanks to the counsel and wisdom of two strong women. Later this year, Atonement director Joe Wright will present Darkest Hour, with the great Gary Oldman as Churchill, and it's likely to feature more politics and acts of state. Despite the blustering and sense of "losing it", all is well when the D-Day speech is delivered. It's so much more than words on the page. Well, well.
2017-06-04
Absolute dross
The writer of this obviously did not let the facts get in the way of his imagination.

To suggest Churchill would try to scupper the Allied plans for D-Day is preposterous, as is the idea that he was somehow not in control of his government's war strategy.

There is also no evidence to suggest that British (or indeed American) generals would have spoken as disrespectfully to a British Prime Minister as they did in this film.

On a smaller point of detail, the script has a midshipman on a destroyer going ashore on D-Day apparently as a fighting soldier. Have the director and script writer no idea of the different services' roles in warfare?

This is another example of a newer generation of directors and writers who know nothing and care less about their subject. They treat their subject and audience with contempt.
2017-11-05
I will never surrender. I will also never see this film again.
'CHURCHILL' was directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and stars Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson and John Slattery. ?Fearful of repeating the invasion of Gallipoli in 1915, Winston Churchill attempts to stop the planned invasion of Normandy in 1944. Only the support of Churchill's wife, Clementine, can halt the prime minister's physical and mental collapse.

I desperately wanted to love this movie. I really did. This is a fascinating period of our history and would have loved to see a great depiction of Churchill's perception of it on our screens for the world to enjoy. Alas, I did not. It's a melodramatic mess that has Brian Cox's unfathomable acting ability keeping it barely alive. The only other positive I can conceive is the splendid speech at the end because the rest of the movie was messy, incoherent and, the worst sin of all, boring.

This movie's structure is were it falters greatly for me. While the plot and point are clear, it doesn't feel like one flowing narrative. The scenes feel messy and out of place(when they aren't) and it overall doesn't appear like much effort went into the creation of the story for this film.

I wouldn't usually do an entire section of a review on the direction but that is the main way this movie falters, at least for me. 90% of the scenes in this movie are shot, acted and scored in the fashion that makes it seem like the fate of the universe rests in these characters words and makes the whole movie stupidly melodramatic. This style works for brief moments in the film but fails overall. A much less dramatic, more relaxed style that still displayed Churchill's eccentric nature would have sufficed but instead they opted for a melodramatic mess,

Brian Cox was honestly great in this movie and I bought every second of his performance. I don't agree that he reaches Oscar levels but I do believe he gets quite close. Miranda Richardson and John Slattery both do fine as Clementine Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower respectively but neither of them come close to Cox's undeniable skill.

The costume and set design for this movie was really good and felt genuine to the era. The cinematography is a very strange subject. On the one hand, it is overly dramatic and feels very weird in scenes that don't require the world to be resting on them. On the other hand, there are a few scenes, like the masterfully written speech, where this format works stupidly well and is very, very effective. So I am pretty torn with this format of cinematography but I feel that it is pretty weak as a whole package.

As good as Cox and the speech are, this movie is probably not worth your time overall. I don't recommend you watch it and I'll rate it a measly 3 Glasses of Scotch out of 10.
2017-06-28
Pulls everything together for the public's eye
This movie shows Winston Churchill in a panic mode and a politician that is basing his decisions on history (i.e. War World I and the loss of British soldiers) and his own personal fear and guilt. The movie Churchill 2017 is somewhat similar to Oliver Stone's movie called Nixon about Richard Nixon who shows his weakness to the audience but then more or less pulls everything together for the public's eye.
2017-08-27
So Deceiving Your Audience With Fake Trailers Is Now Normal Hollywood?
After seeing the preview I was very excited to see this depiction of the UK's greatest leader during world war 2. The " We will fight them on the beaches " speech, the Dunkirk evacuation, the dire times of 1940-41, the Blitz, all enticingly covered in the trailer, there is only one problem, virtually none of those scenes are actually in the film.

Instead we get 100 or so minuted of grumpy Churchill moaning about D- Day and how it will all go wrong. I find this kind of deception from Hollywood disgusting, where they lure audiences to films with exciting previews that show many scenes that are not even if the final film. No doubt you will have to buy the " extended edition " to get this material. No thanks Hollywood, you have tricked me for the last time.
2017-08-09
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