Entertainment Hive 2020

Darkest Hour

Review by Honey B

Director:  Joe Wright Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup Plot: During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While manoeuvring his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Verdict: Political intrigue abounds in this intelligent and powerful film about Britain’s darkest hour, but Winston Churchill’s greatest moment in history. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Predjudice) has crafted a superb biopic about Winston Churchill at a crucial time of WWII in May 1940. Gary Oldman as Churchill is riveting as he slips into this role as he would a satin robe. It’s the role of a lifetime for Oldman who is hardly recognisable in prosthetics and make-up by Kazuhiro Tsuji. Oldman brings Churchill to life in a time when Britain was at war with Hitler and Mussolini and also at war within its own political walls. Churchill brings a war of verbose words, with a trademark cigar and whiskey. The word-play is superb and Oldman is insufferable, charming, wicked and verbose as he battles with his loss at Gallipoli and his gut feeling regarding Hitler and the perils of a peace agreement. Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife Clementine is wonderful as is the stellar ensemble cast including Ronald Pickup as the outgoing Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Ben Mendelsohn as King George V and Lily James as Churchill’s new secretary. Mendelsohn holds his own beautifully against Oldman as their relationship goes from a cool disdain to one of respect and closeness.  It’s a look into the inner-war sanctum and a political figure who withstands it all. (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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