The second film to come out this year centered around the events that took place in Dunkirk, France back in 1940. Mind you, this was completely unintentional, and both films are INCREDIBLE.
Not to mention both are BIG Oscar contenders as well.
“Darkest Hour” is the story of Winston Churchill coming into power in the United Kingdom as their new Prime Minister after the ousting of Neville Chamberlain. It dives into the many doubts and fears people had about him along with the massive task he then had to take on; the advancement of the Nazi’s on western Europe.
Gary Oldman took on the role of Churchill for this film and is almost unrecognizable. The make-up and prosthetics are incredible. Everything from his physical features, his voice, all the way down to his posture and mannerisms aids in his complete transformation into Winston Churchill. He brought life to the character which helped to separate it from other period piece political dramas. By balancing humor and earnestness, Churchill is the most well-rounded and complex piece of this film. There wasn’t a single moment where I felt bored or uninterested in what was happening.
Though 95% of the movie is filled with political discussion, it’s very intriguing. The director, Joe Wright, does an amazing job at grasping his audiences’ attention and making sure that they’re entertained instead of feeling like they’re watching a late night PBS-style documentary. I found myself inspired and impressed by Oldman’s performance. It’s Oscar-bait at its finest.
One thing the film lacks is Churchill’s connection with the people. When it does occur, it's a fleeting and heartfelt moment at the end of the film that deserved more attention then what it had. The film chooses to focus more on Churchill's internal struggles, which isn't bad, it just would've been nice to see more connecting moments like that.
I’d highly recommend this film for Oldman’s performance, but also the story. It’s fascinating and will leave you feeling excited and inspired upon leaving the theater. I would NOT be surprised to see Oldman nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for this.