I consider Gary Oldman to be one of the finest character actors. Because of that I was looking forward to watching his portrayal of Winston Churchill, a role in which earned Oldman an Oscar. I am aware of Hollywood’s far left bias and well earned reputation for completely disregarding actual history when making a movie that is supposedly based actual historic events. Because of that I was dreading watching the movie.
After the first twenty minutes my worst fears were confirmed. To finish watching the movie I knew I would have to sit through two hours of deeply inaccurate politically correct revisionist history. The acting by Gary Oldman was superb; however the script was deeply flawed.
For most of the movie Winston Churchill is portrayed as a bumbling nincompoop who is an alcoholic. It is as though the script was written by his most ardent political opponents to show him in the worst light. Picture a movie script about President Trump written by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. In truest politically correct fashion, the onscreen Winston Churchill only accomplishes anything constructive when his very strong wife guides him closely. Towards the end of the movie this bumbling Churchill grows into a functioning statesman by traveling on the underground with a carriage full of commoners.
I owe the writers of the movie one apology. I believed they completely fabricated one key point. After some further research I was proved wrong. The point was not completely fabricated; it was just blown completely out of proportion and turned into a cornerstone of the movie when it was a very minor occurrence. Just before the climax of the movie Churchill is bullied by Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax into opening negotiations with Hitler that would end all hostilities. I was not aware that Churchill had even considered negotiating with Hitler in any way so I believed that scene was completely false. It turns out that Churchill did authorize very low level negotiations with Mussolini acting as a go between. I was unaware of these low level negotiations even though I am very well read on all aspects of World War Two because it was done in a way that Churchill was later able to deny that it ever happened. The negations were quickly abandoned because of the successful evacuation at Dunkirk and were never seriously meant to end all hostilities.
At the climax of the movie Winston Churchill is deeply torn between negotiating with Hitler to end hostilities before the Dunkirk evacuation, and fighting on. Churchill has to address Parliament but he is undecided on which course of action he will follow. He decides to travel to Westminster on the underground where he talks to commoners. It is this talk with the commoners that leads him to decide to fight rather than negotiate. According to this scene the commoners provide all of phrases that get incorporated into his iconic “We shall fight on the beaches” speech that Gary Oldman so accurately recreates. The problem is that the entire scene on the underground is a complete Hollywood fabrication. Churchill never really considered negotiating a peace with Hitler, he never made that trip on the underground, and that speech was his own creation.
There are so many other historic inconsistencies in this movie that it would take a lengthy article to chronicle them. It is clear to me after watching the movie that it was produced to tear down the legacy of Winston Churchill. Tearing down our greatest historic figures is what the PC revisionist historians are best at and what Hollywood has helped them do too often.