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During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Drama War - This is not a standard birth-to-death biopic of British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill but focuses on one notable stretch of his
tenure during WWII. This is more or less a one-man show for star
Gary Oldman as Churchill with everyone and everything else quite
secondary. Some language and adult subject matter make the film not
for kids, who would not be interested anyhow. The film is a bit
lighter in tone than one would expect though is ultimately a serious
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; very few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Brief war combat. COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations centered on senior citizens.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Darkest Hour is easily the better movie. World War II students will appreciate its attention to detail and the way it shows how close the world came to disaster even before the blitz began.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent While Gary Oldman's phenomenal work as Winston Churchill had been heralded in advance, it is astonishingly equaled by the film's achievements in direction, screenwriting, score and cinematography.
NY PostFull Review Good For a more convincing (if selectively edited) portrait in heroism, look no further than 'Darkest Hour.'
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good The victory of Darkest Hour as a film is not just to hear those word repeated, but to discover the flawed human being who carved those words out of the dark night of his own soul.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 81 moviegoers:
FANTASTIC REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "DARKEST HOUR." Apparently, most everyone knew this was going to be a rather slow, dialog heavy historical drama because I don't see the usual lower reviews typical with this type of movie. It's unusual to see reviews this high for any movie, but for this type of movie, it's exceptional.
A witty and brilliant statesman, Churchill is a stalwart member of Parliament
but at age 65 is an unlikely candidate for Prime Minister; however the situation
in Europe is desperate. With Allied nations continuing to fall against Nazi
troops, and with the entire British army stranded in France, Churchill is named
to the position with urgency on May 10th, 1940.
As the threat of invasion of the UK by Hitler's forces looms and 300,000 British
soldiers cornered in Dunkirk, Churchill finds his own party plotting against him
and King George VI (Emmy Award winner Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical that his new
Prime Minister can rise to the challenge. He is confronted with the ultimate
choice: negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and save the British people
at a terrible cost or fight on against incredible odds.
With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie (Academy Award nominee Kristin
Scott Thomas), Churchill looks to the British people to inspire him to stand
firm and fight for his nation's ideals, liberty, and freedom. Putting his power
with words to the ultimate test, with the help of his tireless secretary (Lily
James), Winston must write and deliver speeches that will rally a nation. As
Winston withstands his own darkest hour, he attempts to change the course of
world history forever.