About the Film
Academy Award® winner Gary Oldman gives a “towering performance” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) in acclaimed director Joe Wright’s soaring drama DARKEST HOUR. As Hitler’s forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill (Oldman) is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen. Also starring Academy Award® nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James, DARKEST HOUR is a powerful, inspirational drama.
Spine tingling Churchill as he stands up for freedom, Britain and democracy in the face of fascist Germany. Gary Oldman delivers an astonishing Churchill, capturing the moment of fight or surrender, the outcome of which shapes our world today.
VERY good film
Just saw this at the pictures today. Gary Oldman is excellent in this. The prosthetic makeup aside, which is exceptional btw, Oldman’s take on Churchill is very well observed. He doesn’t overdo Winston’s speech impediment, and has taken his time to study the man. Set over a few weeks in May 1940, as the Wehrmacht blitzkriegs over France and Belgium, the film follows the events in parliament as Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign as Prime Minister. Who to take over? Well, it wasn’t such a ‘done deal’ as most would think. The political machinations behind the public view were as toxic then as they are today. The result of course, is a matter of history, but it is really good to see this done so well, and exciting to see the story play out. Even though I must have heard it a score of times, when Gary Oldman, in the Commons, strikes up with “...we shall fight them in the fields...”, it’s the man himself speaking. A powerful playing of Winston Churchill, the best yet. The supporting cast is all very good, not a wrong note amongst them. Kristin Scott-Thomas was very good as Winston’s wife, Clemmie; again, the best I’ve seen. Realistic sets, uniform and clothing, though I did spot a rogue 1953 Ford Popular in a 1940 street! Ha! But I can forgive them that. A fantastic film, with a superlative performance from Gary Oldman .
Poor (Don’t Watch
Save yourself the time and watch or do something else!
Terrible quality, Lots of Historical inaccuracies and some of the worst acting in the film industry!