Review: This tells the story about Sir Winston Churchill in the days immediately before the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944.
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Actors: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham, Ella Purnell, Danny Webb, Jonathan Aris and James Purefoy
Genre: Biography, Drama and History
I felt that this film never really got off the ground although there were a few scenes that I thought were good. I enjoyed the opening scene where he was standing on a beach all alone and remembering all the horrors of all the other wars that he had been through and witnessed. At the end of the film it then finished with him on a beach alone just like the beginning. I thought that worked very well. The scene that got to me the most was when Churchill was talking to Helen and she was telling him how her loved one had gone out to fight and how worried she was. I felt that was when it really hit home. I do think that Brian Cox’s performance is terrific. He portrays Winston Churchill spot on even in the way that he walks and his gestures that he uses even to use a cigar. Brian Cox claimed that the cigar he smokes was electric, this is due to Scotland’s strict anti-smoking policies even for films. For him to take on this role he gained 22 pounds in weight. This did remind me of Shakespeare a lot of the time and in particular the play King Lear for instance there is a scene where Winston Churchill starts praying for rain just like King Lear does. Miranda Richardson I didn’t think had much of a part to play with but her performance is unforgettable and she comes across really strong and forceful. As I said at the beginning, it never really got of the ground but this would have been better as a little mini T.V. series.