DARKEST HOUR - Review

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DARKEST HOUR

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: December 22, 2017

Director: Joe Wright

Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

Plot: Winston Churchill, the new Prime Minister must fight against popular thought in order to take on Hitler instead of negotiating with him

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Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

If this were a true and just world Gary Oldman would be a shoo-in for Best Actor this year. Unfortunately, he probably won't win because there are apparently people in Hollywood that don't like him, so it'll just be a popularity contest. Even so, just know that Oldman deserves to win. He is Churchill in every way possible. He couldn't be more Churchill if they brought Churchill back from the dead and he told Oldman how to act like him.

 

The film itself is also very good. It's not easy to make a film about a political argument exciting, but Director Joe Wright does just that. He creates tension, stress and frustration, but is able to balance it with a "behind-the-scenes" look at Churchill as he questioned his own decisions. There is also a great deal of comedy that you would not expect in a film like this, but it fits in very well. 

 

It is fascinating to note that there were three films to hit the big screen this year that had Dunkirk as it's overarching theme. DUNKIRK, THEIR FINEST, and DARKEST HOUR. Each gives a unique perspective on the event, and all three are exceptional films. If you have the time, it would be an interesting day to watch all three of them back-to-back. 

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