Churchill’s Secret (2016)


“What scares me is getting to the end before I finish.” – Winston Churchill

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After suffering a mild stroke, Prime Minister Winston Churchill takes a holiday in order to try and regain his health as he attempts to end the Cold War before it gets out of hand.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before coming across it and was intrigued due to my fascination with history.

This movie does a wonderful job showing how a world leader will do all that he can in order to keep the public from seeing that he is not at his strongest and most powerful point in his life and work.

Michael Gambon is superbly cast in the lead role and he is able to transform himself into this historically great leader.

His performance allows the audience to believe everything that he says and does throughout the course of the story.

This movie is quite adept in the way that it shows how he was able to keep his illness a secret both at the time and for a long time afterwards.

This is obviously due to the way that leaders (and everyone for that matter) will do all they can in order to keep the perception of always being in control or every situation even when they seem beyond control.

The character is shown in some very vulnerable positions which helps while dealing with his hand in both politics and his personal life at the same time.

The film has great dialogue between the characters and are able to keep these discussions so engaging throughout.

This is a movie that is able to show how people in lofty positions deal with the idea of aging and how much they allow it to restrict them from trying to carry out their duties.

The question is always not if they  will have their lives changed by illness and age, but how much it will effect the way they have lived their lives up until them.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of how a leader must always show his strongest positions on every front even when things might seem beyond control. Gambon is superb in the title role and really makes us believe everything that he says or does as this famous historical character. The way that they show how this secret was kept at the time and for so long afterwards is quite interesting due to the way that leaders never wish to ever show any kind of vulnerability in life and in politics. The dialogue is exquisite to listen to and the conversations between the various characters are very engaging. The film does a nice job dealing with how people of power deal with aging since they know that it will effect them, and the question is always how much will it change.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the title of Jonathan Smith’s book “The Churchill Secret – KBO” on which this movie was based, “KBO” is an abbreviation for a phrase commonly used by Churchill; “Keep Buggering On” (in other words, don’t give up). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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