2 Oscars: Best actor, makeup
2 BAFTAs: Best actor, makeup
1 Golden Globe: Best actor
Not a true biopic but a story of a decision. Of the man driving the decision. A very successful Dunkirk-inspired drama thanks mostly to Gary Oldman’s spectacular, intense and focussed multi-award-winning performance.
Were ‘Darkest Hour’ just a symphony of World War II nostalgia, it’d probably still be a good watch. But because the film makes the effort to go deeper, it becomes something much more memorable.
Balances the great orator’s public triumphs with more vulnerable private moments of self-doubt, elevating the inner workings of British government into a compelling piece of populist entertainment.
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill 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 skeptical 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.
An electric chamber piece that couldn’t more perfectly complement Dunkirk if Christopher Nolan wrote it, Darkest Hour is as ferocious as Winston Churchill was himself. Unfolding with the clockwork precision of a Broadway play — director Joe Wright has always been at his best when he’s been at his most theatrical — this tightly coiled retelling of Churchill’s first days in office is more than a passionate appeal to the collective goodness, it’s a deliciously unsubtle testament to the power of words and their infinite capacity to inspire.
USA 2017, 125 min, rated PG (coarse language)
Directed by Joe Wright
Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane & Ronald Pickup