Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Darkest Hour (2017 Film) Review

I think I first heard of Darkest Hour when the Oscar nominations were announced. When the Oscars gave out the Academy Awards, Gary Oldman won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role of Winston Churchill in the film. Now when I think of actors who look like Winston Churchill, Gary Oldman doesn't' come to mind. This was something I had to see for myself. 
 The film starts shortly into the early days of World War II. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is pretty unpopular as his policies have made Great Britain weak against a now-standing Germany army that seems to be unstoppable. Opposition parties want to unite everyone in Parliament for the war effort, so Chamberlain steps down for a new successor. The Conservative Party elects Winston Churchill who seems to be the best candidate for unity. 
However Winston Churchill is certainly not a puppet of the outsed Chamberlain. One of the old government's proudest supporters is Viscount Halifax. He serves in the War Cabinet, and he proves to be a thorn in Churchill's side. When Churchill refuses to give up in the face of certain defeat against Nazi Germany, Halifax thinks of ways to get the Prime Minister to step down. But Churchill will not be defeated so easily.   
Overall I can definitely see why Gary Oldman won his only Oscar for his role in Darkest Hour. You can't even really tell it was Oldman except for the sound of his voice. And he is quite the star in the film and gives out some very memorable moments. However I thought the film was a bit imperfect as it only shows a very small part of WWII (before American involvement) and sort of drags on. It was interesting to see the internal civil war in Churchill's Conservative Party (UK) but the film could have been better handled which is probably why it ultimately lost Best Picture to The Shape of Water.

Score: B   

8 comments:

  1. Adam, my sweet summer child, I think the whole point of the movie was to portray Churchill at the moment of greatest British danger and crisis when the Battle of Britain could well have ended in German victory. I hate to mention this, especially on the 4th of July, but not everything revolves around Americans' late entry into World War II.

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    1. I just thought it was anti-climatic. It would have been nice to see even 15-30 mins of Churchill in victory during 1945.

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    2. Well done Debra - the US entry into the war was not the nail into the coffin of Nazism by a long shot.

      This is an excellent must see movie - it sticks to facts!
      Churchill thrived on war but he was a leader who after the end of WW2 saw the rise of communism, which the US just couldn't.
      Colin

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  2. This is one movie I would enjoy seeing, simply because of what it was about. My mother told me stories of sitting around the radio with her family in her home in Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia listening to Winston Churchill speaking during WWII. He was an excellent orator. Mom heard Hitler over the radio too. He was also quite an orator.

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  3. I hadn't paid attention to what the movie was about so I thought the movie was about his role throughout the war. I like that the movie focused on one particular point in time and Churchill's diligence to get his country to go against the Nazis.

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  4. I have not heard of this movie but think I'd like to see it.

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  5. I was amazed at the acting Oldman did..

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