Sur quelques jours du début de la guerre, Joe Wright montre les hésitations de Churchill (avec un étonnant Gary Oldman), filmant les discours et les réunions comme un film d'action. Ca ajoute de la tension dans cette mini-hagiographie scolaire et bureaucratique. Pédagogique.
Barely cinematic (especially in the same year as Dunkirk, and after Wright's own Atonement also memorably took on the topic of Dunkirk), except for a couple of scenes. And its subway-and-Parliament climax may be the least plausible, most absurd and plain worst moment in a 'prestige' movie in recent memory.
3.6 A lot of dark stuffy rooms shown in narrow framing, squeaky floorboards, Churchill's heavy body and his his smoking habit - it all adds to the claustrophobic and suffocating atmosphere of the film. No wonder the Prime Minister meets his people in the underground. That tube scene is straight out of Shakespeare (Henry V, when the King walk amongst his soldiers to test their spirit).
"NEVER" will I understand how can people love this kind of tired and cliché-ridden biopic year after year after year after year. It feels like a decent BBC hour mixed with an unhealthy dose of Hollywood sugarcoating that cannot muster more than two or three really great scenes (especially the Roosevelt phone conversation). Oldman is really amazing, but everything around him falls apart repeatedly.