Genre Guesstimation – Young Winston (1972)

The idea behind this new feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of BioPics…

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“I’m free! I’m Winston Bloody Churchill, and I’m free! ” – Winston Churchill

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Oct 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The early years of perhaps England’s best Prime Minister from his days as a child through his commission in the army to his early beginnings in Parliament.

My Take on it – I had hoped that this movie would be more interesting but it was done in such a boring fashion that I cant really say I found it so enjoyable.

With a cast featuring a younger Anthony Hopkins, Robert Shaw and Anne Bancroft and directed by Richard Attenborough, I expected a more entertaining biopic.

Perhaps the problem here is that this movie tries too hard to show Churchill as a Lawrence of Arabia type character when in fact his better and more interesting days were when he was a grand statesman which wouldn’t happen for a few more years.

Thst being said, it was interesting to learn about his early life and there are a few great scenes.

Bottom Line – Pretty bland movie that I think could have been made more interesting. Some good scenes, but they only sparsely appear over the 140 minutes of this movie.

Genre Grandeur Worthy? Once again, I can’t say that this one will be added to my favorites list of biopics. Too drawn out a somewhat boring at points.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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