Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Joe Wright
Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Biography | Drama | History
It’s World War II and the Germans are taking over Europe. Winston Churchill (played by Gary Oldman) has just been appointed as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Which I honestly don’t understand because no one in the ministry likes him? Every moment through the movie they are trying to bring him down and strip him of the title… then why did they make him the Prime Minister? The answer to this question isn’t really answered, other than he’s “the only one that runs the opposition.” Whatever that means in politics.
For a movie about something serious like the second World War, it’s actually very funny and very entertaining. Churchill’s personality and Goldman’s execution of that was just great and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. The film was able to go from light hearted scenes, to tension filled scenes, and everything in between.
I thought it was pretty cool watching this movie and Dunkirk so close together. The exact same event, but the stories on both ends: the soldiers stuck on the beach and the Prime Minister trying to get them off the beach.
The thing I liked most about this film was the score. At each moment, the music in the background seemed to fit the overall tension of the scene and was able to bring that to the audience. Typically, I don’t noticed the score, but that fact that it was so noticeable to me has to mean something right?
I thought the story itself was great (learning history here folks) and I loved the way that the film ended. Also, my favorite scene has to be the one with him in the subway. All the expressions of the riders and his interactions with them was perfect and inspiring. I didn’t know a lot about Winston Churchill going into this movie, but now I’m glad that I know more and would like to know more than just this one Dunkirk evacuation.
And I guess I should talk about Lily James. I thought she was wonderful in this film. Obviously following the new Prime Minister around all the time for her job, but the friendship that grows between them is something nice to watch on screen.
Overall, this movie was very entertaining and I find myself super glad that it received Oscar nominations so that I got to the theater to watch it. I’m going to give it a “Loved It” rating. (5/5).
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