The Darkest Hour is an inspiring film about Winston Churchill’s rise to becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain on the eve of World War II. He is known as one of the greatest prime ministers and if you watch this film you’ll know why.
The film made me wonder about the myth of Churchill and the reality. He has a rather unusual personality. He is placed in a difficult position of rallying the public at home and forming a working relationship with the skeptical King. His own party is plotting against him – his biggest rival wants him to back down and sign a peace treaty.
The Nazi forces have moved across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent. The battle of Dunkirk features. The period was captured perfectly and the sets look authentic.
The stellar performance by Gary Oldman is worth seeing – he’s my stand out tip to win the best actor awards. The characters and storyline are thoroughly interesting. There are plenty of rousing inspirational speeches culminating in his famous one.
Never, never, never surrender.
The only downside of the film is that it is rather long (just over 2 hours) and I admit I got restless in two lulls.
The Darkest Hour is an intriguing part of history where one man was brave enough to attempt to change the course of world history.
Darkest Hour is in cinemas in Australia from Thursday 11 January 2018, including the new cinemas on Elizabeth Street called Elizabeth Picture Theatre.
About Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour is a Focus Features presentation of a Working Title Films Production.
Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn
Director: Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina)
Writer: Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”)