Cert: PG Runtime: 125 mins Director: Joe Wright Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn
You can not reason with a Tiger when your head is in its mouth
The joys of Hollywood movies glorifying Torie rule makes me happy *SARCASM*, The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep won her another Oscar. Now Gary Oldman tackles the most famous of Brits Winston Churchill! It seems more than likely Oldman will win his first Academy Award with his portrail of Churchill. It comes at a shock that Oldman has yet to receive the biggest gong of them all. He has been one of the leading British actors for decades, and it seems fitting that he portrayed Churchill. So what is Darkest Hour about? Within days of becoming Prime Minister, 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 sceptical 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.
This is a personal story about a man in great power & how his courage & at times, humour, led him to become a leader to follow. Churchill is not a perfect man, he’s always in need for a drink or smoking up a cigar with less regard to polluting a room, but he’s a determined man with a vision of a true Prime Minister, that knew how to deal with the forces when the world was at War. Gary Oldman is perfect as Churchill, this is Day-Lewis Lincoln good. With his perfect body-language, to his impeccable dialogue delivery to the fierceness in his eyes, Oldman is truly remarkable. This has to be his finest performance ever after his mesmerising turn in Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. With a Golden-Globe win and multiple nominations, his Oscar is meant to happen in 2018. Unfortunately, for me, the rest of the movie just didn’t hold up to Oldman’s efforts. I expected Wright’s latest work to be a moving, gripping and tense look behind the scenes of the early days of World War II.
The climatic scene when Churchill realises Britain cannot negotiate the peace (not his plan) but instead he must continue to fight. This Tube scene completely disregards actual events and ventures into the realm of absurdity. Hollywood liberties are OK in some cases, but not in this one. The absolute ridiculousness of this scene pulls the rug out from what was a solid first half of the film. Argumentative dialogue during a time of war is not likely to end in a witty joke, as it so often does in this film, and I would like to have seen more intense discussion about Britain and the Western World’s future i.e. what is to be gained through war or peace, and what is to be lost. The pressures on Churchill were enormous, and the film presents his situation as if brokering peace and engaging in war would both have been acceptable outcomes.