I cannot remember the last time I was in a movie and I said, gee I wish this movie would keep going because it's just so damn good. I don't really have to say anything more about Oldman beyond what's already been said, that was brilliant Academy Award work. Despite being a literalist on history and not enjoying Hollywood embellishments/contrivances that didn't really happen, I will repeat something I said on another movie (Patton): I am okay where a fictional event is one that could have happened (or maybe happened out of time sequence) where it is used more to show the persona of the character than to establish an historical fact. Notwithstanding this, the subway scene may have been a little much. Strong cast throughout, including the portrayers of King George VI, Chamberlain, Halifax and Churchill's lovely secretary (James). A must see for WW II buffs and appreciators of good cinema everywhere..
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Darkest Hour (2017)
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister
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Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
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Outstanding even with some minor flawsReviewed byRNMortonVote: 10/10
There is a lightness of touch to Joe Wright, a frivolity, that invades the tone of this film and sets it off-kilter. Any biopic takes on the challenge of creating drama and tension from events we may already be familiar with. This is perhaps more pronounced when it comes to such a titanic historical figure as Churchill. The film rightly invests its time in showing just how fraught the political struggle Churchill faced to fight rather than negotiate was. Unfortunately, Darkest Hour lacks complexity in its portrayal. Churchill shouts at a secretary, who becomes a cheer-leading personal assistant. His wife is similarly one note, admonishing him while managing to steadfastly encourage him at the same time. Halifax and Chamberlain are reduced to vaudeville villainy, while the king is a pompous buffoon. There are some clunky set pieces, most notably a cringe-worthy outing by Churchill on a Tube train to engage with the good folk of Britain. These include a black man, the only black man on the train, and possibly in the whole film, and the most earnest child in the history of Albion. Stalinist propaganda filmmakers would blush at such tokenism. Oldman opts for acting as impersonation rather than interpretation. It's a convincing impersonation, but still mimicry rather than artistry. Wright's depiction of Dunkirk in 'Atonement' had the showmanship of the circus ring, and has been devalued by Nolan's recent more authentic portrayal. Churchill's darkest hour will no doubt be re-visited and re-evaluated in the future when a filmmaker more in tune with the material takes it on.
I was SO READY to LOVE this movie! Churchill? Love him. Oldman? Love him. James? Love her. Each gets one star.
Ready? Set? Zzzzzzzzzz.
Aside from the occasional bursts from Parliament (which we know from the history books) and the occasional joke shared between Oldman and one of the other characters, the film is completely unremarkable. I've never been so disappointed by any other rendition of this historical tale. The film is boring and flat. I tried to watch it through on three separate occasions in the theatre -- the last mid-day and after substantial amounts of coffee, which finally allowed me to get through it.
Skipping past any small blunders in the historical details, and with no visible "crackle" between Churchill and Eden (I mean COME ON! that at least should have been properly managed) the focus is on the one expression, "bugger on," and portrays a cantankerous and inept PM.
Will the movie be nominated for awards? Probably so... I mean, come on, look at the cast. Should it be? No.
If you're suffering from insomnia, put down the nightcap and go watch this film.