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Watched: 13 November

As Winston Churchill, Brian Cox blusters and barks his way entertainingly through an otherwise patchy film that focuses on the British Prime Minister’s life during the day or two that preceded the D-Day landings. There are a few attempts made within the screenplay to take this sacred cow down a peg or two – something that has apparently caused rows between historians – but the film is definitely at its best when it is exploring Churchill’s petty jealousies and crises of confidence, if having doubts about the timing and method of sending thousands of men off to battle is even to be considered as a last-minute flap. I’m not sure how realistic it all is, but Churchill’s heated discussions with military top dogs Eisenhower (John Slattery) and Montgomery (Julian Wadham) are sparkly highlights amid an otherwise patchy affair that contains far too many flatly-composed long shots depicting Winston staring out to sea or conducting meetings in open countryside. (**½)

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  1. December 14, 2017

    It’s somewhat of a televisual affair but Cox is superb in the role and it’s interesting enough; in spite of the fact it rams it’s central message down your throat.

    • Stu #
      December 19, 2017

      I liked Cox in this – although I must admit to preferring John Lithgow’s performance as Churchill in The Crown, though that covers a different (and longer) period.

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