Friday, July 21, 2017
The Dunkirk myth never told our real story
By January even Britain should be Churchilled out. In June it was Brian Cox’s turn to shake his wattles as the Greatest Briton in the movie Churchill, and in the new year Gary Oldman will discover new jowls as the lead in Darkest Hour. In between you can have your senses blitzed by Dunkirk, which opens today and which I saw in preview earlier in the week.
Stranded men, gallant Spitfire pilots, small boats, wobbly (but ultimately firm) chins and some bars from Elgar. The movie ends with Churchill’s “fight on the beaches” speech, and it seemed to me by the end that 1940 was not just our finest hour, it has increasingly become our only hour.