2018 (UK), Drama/History, 2h 5m
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn & Stephen Dillane
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.
Gary Oldman’s transformation into Prime Minister Winston Churchill is phenomenal; unfortunately, the limited-scope biopic doesn’t have much more in its arsenal that that.
I personally felt the story development was a bit weak and lacklustre, and I’m not sure how accurate to history it was – especially since Winston is the hero of the movie, but all I ever read about is how much of a horrible leader he was.
In short, Darkest Hour is an okay movie, worth a watch, but don’t expect to be blown away.