theguardian.com Kristin Scott Thomas as Clemmie Churchill brings welcome light to Joe Wright’s biopic of our feted wartime leaderIn this handsomely mounted but somewhat disingenuous war film from Joe Wright, words, rather than guns, are the main weapons. And wielded by Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman, peering beadily from behind a fortification of quivering prosthetics and a battery of smouldering cigars), words can be every bit as persuasive as bullets.The film, which covers Churchill’s uncertain first few weeks in the role of prime minister of a country poised on the brink of war, works best as a celebration of the art of stirring oratory.

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