Am i the only one who thinks........Average?
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
"The Gathering Storm" is a 2002 film, based on Churchill's book of the same name. It was made earlier for television's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" with Richard Burton.Finney plays the pre-war Churchill, a lone voice warning of German aggression, not a popular stance at that time - nor was Churchill under the Stanley Baldwin government. Working with a mole in the foreign office, Ralph Wigram (Linus Roache), he was able to get his hands on exactly what war machines were being built in Germany, and he used this information to attack Baldwin's isolationist policy in his speeches in Parliament and in his writings.For some reason, Neville Chamberlain is completely left out of this movie. Baldwin is played by Derek Jacobi.The film is engrossing and beautifully photographed, but it's the performance of Finney that is remarkable. Just see "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," when Finney was the British James Dean, and then see this - what a remarkable career he's had, and what a range. He becomes Churchill. Vanessa Redgrave is lovely and gives a strong performance as his devoted wife, Clementine, who has suppressed desires of her own to make a home for him and their children.A fascinating film and performance - if you don't know about this time in Churchill's life and career, you'll want to read up on it after seeing this film.
Joining in with other recent depictions of great politicians and monarchs, this film describes in an exceptional manner the man Winston Churchill. Backed by such extraordinary talents as Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney brings Churchill to life in a most excellent way, giving us a thoroughly realistic image of his speeches, his beliefs, his narcissism - his strengths and his weaknesses. Along with his personal life, the troubling times are at the centre of the plot. Churchill's particular manner made him the perfect opposite to Hitler, and one of the few men in British politics to stand up to German aggression in an era of appeasement. Churchill is one of the great men of history, for better or worse. This film should be viewed by young and old, and its message burned into the minds of all.
How many movies do you see about Winston Churchill? Not enough, that's for sure, at least here in the U.S. Albert Finney plays the great British prime minister during the period before World War II and before he was in politics. Churchill was trying to warn his countrymen in the British Parliament of the dangers of Nazi Germany and most people weren't listening. (How ironic, with today's situation involving Islamic terrorists! Are WE listening?)A big part of this film also details the romance between Churchill and his wife "Clementine" (Vanessa Redgrave). It's not some syrupy piece. It shows Churchill's warts, too, meaning his ego and temper. It's nicely filmed, a nice period piece and with just a handful of swear words. I was shocked, though, to hear one f-word, even if it was quoted from poetry. It seemed out of place in this TV film but obviously, television is more liberal in the UK.This is a bit slow but a pleasant film I enjoyed.
This film, made for the small screen by Home Box Office, defines how TV movies should be made. The film is an absorbing look at one of the true visionary and inspiring leaders of the twentieth century, Sir Winston Churchill. Mr. Churchill is portrayed by Sir Albert Finney in a role certain to further define his distinguished career in film. Mr. Finney brings humor, strength, rascality, and an amazing resemblance of the character's figure, form and facial features to the role. Aside from this great performance, the film accurately depicts and captures the dark and indecisive years preceding the war in Britain with a strong cast, a splendid adaptation from Mr. Churchill's own writings and the sense of the personal strength and integrity that served England so well in this, Her finest hour.