Prime per­for­mance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - FILM with Ju­lian Wright

DE­SPITE more than 200 cred­its to his name and ap­pear­ances in block­busters such as X-men 2,

RED and a re­cur­ring role in the Jason Bourne se­ries, Brian Cox is one of those ac­tors you recog­nise but can’t put your fin­ger on where from.

His com­mand­ing per­for­mance in Churchill as the tit­u­lar for­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter could fi­nally change that.

With Hitler and his Nazi army con­trol­ling France dur­ing World War II, the Al­lied coun­tries have come to­gether to form a plan of at­tack un­der the lead­er­ship of Amer­i­can gen­eral Dwight Eisen­hower (John Slat­tery).

Just days be­fore D-day, UK PM Win­ston Churchill ex­presses re­luc­tance on the agreed tac­tic, haunted by his ex­pe­ri­ences and the high num­ber of ca­su­al­ties of World War I.

His un­wa­ver­ing re­sis­tance be­gins to add strain to his re­la­tion­ship with his wife Cle­men­tine (Mi­randa Richard­son) and those around him.

Is he out of touch or is this the des­per­ate at­tempt of a man try­ing to re­gain his power and respect in a land­mark sit­u­a­tion?

This beau­ti­fully cap­tured, sus­pense­ful story with a fas­ci­nat­ing con­flict at its core is a treat.

Time is tick­ing, hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives are at stake and Churchill is des­per­ate to save as many peo­ple in this war as pos­si­ble, but there is some ar­rest­ing im­agery that brings this story to­gether.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Cox turns in a stunning per­for­mance, his pow­er­house di­a­logue de­liv­ery de­mon­strat­ing Churchill’s pas­sion and de­spair.

While the script is of­ten sharp and con­cise, writer Alex von Tun­zel­mann falls into the trap of hav­ing Churchill’s mono­logues feel repet­i­tive.

He re­peats his case on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, with lit­tle vari­ance.

John Slat­tery and Brian Cox in Churchill.

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