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Darkest Hour

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United Kingdom, United States · 2017
2h 5m
Director Joe Wright
Starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane
Genre Drama, History

This unbelievable, true story begins on the eve of World War II, as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must figure out how to deal with the behemoth that is Nazi Germany. With all of Great Britain torn about what action they must take, Churchill, in his darkest hour, must make a stand, rally his country, and uphold his nation's ideals of liberty and freedom in the face of evil.

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The Film Stage by Ethan Vestby

Darkest Hour is pure, uncut Oscar bait that goes through every bullcrap great man biopic platitude imaginable in its two-hour runtime. The reason to rush to such a harsh judgement is perhaps because it’s so damn hard to understand the actual reason for making this film in the first place other than racking up gold statues.


The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

Few would argue that Oldman isn’t one of the finest actors of his generation, but this is a tour de force portrayal that will define his body of work for decades to come.


Slant Magazine by Jake Cole

The film reinforces only the most simplistic and patriotic vision of Churchill, its closed-off view of the man reminiscent of the many tracking shots that wind through the underground tunnels of the U.K.‘s war command, constantly peeking into rooms with classified meetings as doors are abruptly closed to keep them secret


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Churchill is among the best to reach the screen. With the help of makeup, Oldman immerses himself so deeply in the role that the actor disappears.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Gary Oldman is terrific as Churchill, conveying the babyishness of his oddly unlined face in repose, the slyness and manipulative good humour, and a weird deadness when he is overtaken with depression.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Wright is both a virtuoso filmmaker and a natural showman, interpreting the screenplay as no other director could have possibly imagined it.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

McCarten’s scene writing is tart and efficient and Wright infuses the drama with unquestioned energy. But this is a film in which every point and meaning is hit directly on the nose.


Screen International by Wendy Ide

This is a film which breathes life, as well as alcohol fumes, into history. Like its central character, Darkest Hour has “mobilised the English language and sent it into battle.”

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