A towering portrayal of national hero Churchill when Britain stood alone against Hitler + Fascism
- Darkest Hour review by PV
Gary Oldman's portrayal of Churchill superb and fully deserving of an Oscar (despite his disadvantage of being a white man in today's poc Hollywood) - however, I noticed in one dialogue he drifts into and out of Cockney when he says 'for our boys' in pure Sarf London. Most people won't notice that, but I am from near London so do!
I also doubt VERY much that Churchill would have said 'off of' rather than 'off' - he was very particular re the English language!
I also know King George VI would not have pronounced 'Adolf' in the American way - ade-olf - but would have said add-olf as we do over here.
The king's role and power is exaggerated because that is what Americans and an international audience is interested in - it was in fact Clement Atlee who as deputy PM of a national govt had far more power and say. The entire plot re Halifax, Chamberlain and the king planning peace tales is overstated massively too.
I do not believe for a minute scenes of Churchill chatting to people on a tube - especially as one is black Jamaican and no comment is made about that fact. It's a shame how pc tokenism can ruin a film.
So, 4 stars not 5. This is way better than the modern Dunkirk - I would recommend watching the 1950s film about that starring Kenneth Moore actually - and then the wonderful early 70s film Battle of Britain which begins where this film ends.
Anyway, enjoyable but occasionally annoying - and a towering performance by Gary Oldman who has been my favourite actor since Prick up your Ears in the late 80s! And no matter what your political affiliation (and Churchill was both Tory and Liberal in his time, and was MP for Dundee, somewhat improbably), you have to accept that he was the right man at the right time, and if it wasn't for him and the British people, Europe and the world would be a very different place.
And remember, in 1940, the USA was not in the war and wasn't actively helping us (quite the reverse - Joe Kennedy father of JFK said Britain is finished so the US should make peace with Hitler) and Stalin and the Soviets also had a deal with Hitler. So Britain and its colonies stood alone and saved the world. Never forget it.
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Historically inaccurate AND boring
- Darkest Hour review by LB
I very much doubt the accuracy of this film and I think the role played by the King to be a joke. We all know that the Royal family have always been more interested in preserving their own lifestle than safeguarding the British people. I also think that the scenes in the London subway must be the figment of a very gullible or naive writer.
The acting was brilliant but the film was disappointing and so so so BORING.
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
We stood alone
- Darkest Hour review by JD
with Gary Oldman superb as Churchill and a worthy Oscar winner.
In fact the whole cast is terrific and the somber sets/locations convey just how serious the time was , not only for the UK, but for the whole world.
Just imagine if we had given in ?
The fact that we fought alone ( with the Commonwealth) and without America for the first two years, is something that will always mean that the British can stand with their heads held high.
I can not recommend this movie enough, excellent.
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Gary Oldman's performance is far from dark.
- Darkest Hour review by BL
If Darkest Hour is accurate, it's more than interesting to see Churchill behind the known public image,particularly his obvious doubts and vulnerability as he started to take on the leadership of Britain during WW2 but also to see the start of his obvious strong aims. The film for me passed too quickly, which I take to be the sign of a compulsive watch and while the whole cast were extremely good, it's clear the Gary Oldman's awards for the part were more than justified and I found his portrayal of Churchill to be excellent. My only disappointment's were that the film only covered about the first five weeks of Churchill's leadership and the disc extra's showed nothing about the make-up and effects that were needed to achieve the films reality.
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