CHURCHILL, the film
Winston Churchill is quite recognizable with his cigar, jowls and hefty frame. He had a central role during World War II as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom . His eloquent and inspiring speeches to his countrymen during the unrelenting bombing of the Nazis kept them strong and hopeful.
This is a different war film in that not a shot was fired. The plot follows Churchill for the last 96 hours before the invasion of France on D-Day. Mr. Churchill has demons of regret for young soldiers lost during WWI and decisions that he had made directly in the fighting. He is obsessed about not making the same mistake in this conflict.The military generals, Eisenhower and Montgomery are frustrated by his meddling and lack of trust in their judgment. It turns out Mr. Churchill is disdainful of the Americans coming to Britain and telling them what to do.
Churchill, it turns out, is plagued with debilitating depression and along with his age, lack of influence, and pride it seems often to be his downfall. His wife, Clementine, at least in the film was a saint who kept him from going completely off the deep end. He often is the comic relief for such a serious film with his clever and quick retorts.
David and I love films. Once years ago, when our daughter was just a wee lass, she went to Grandma’s for the weekend. As [poor graduate students, we had no money to do anything special or go somewhere, but we just went to all the films in Chancellorsville that weekend, one after the other. Tickets were not $9 apiece then either. Now we save some for TV watching on the movie channels but we usually see one a weekend in the theater.
We often read a review before making a final choice. Churchill got a very low critic approval. But we wanted to see if so we went anyway. David says that critics get paid to be critical so that is to be expected. We try to make good choices and go on our instincts to see what we are interested in.
I liked the film as I really enjoy historical period films. **** out of 5 stars for my review.
Here is a quote from Mr. Churchill which I particularly liked.
“This war is not for glory but for freedom!”