very good film, but
- Darkest Hour review by RB
very good film , falls short of being great as the subject matter is so brief. It sticks solely to the period in Winston Churchills life just before he is shoehorned into his role as PM. It then follows for about 6 months? inc dunkirk and a crucial vote in the commons whether to give in and negotiate for peace, or to stand alone and fight the nazzi hordes. Plays a bit fast and loose , did he really get on the tube? and there are a few tokenistic faces in there. great performance by Gary Old Man. I was amused to see David Walliams in a major role (joke).
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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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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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