Friday, March 1, 2024

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour is a Hollywood War Drama movie directed by Joe Wright. Starring Gary Oldman,Kristin Scott Thomas,Ben Mendelsohn,Lily James,Ronald Pickup,Stephen Dillane,Nicholas Jones,Samuel West,David Schofield,Richard Lumsden,Malcolm Storry,Hilton McRae ,Benjamin Whitrow,Joe Armstrong,Adrian Rawlins,David Bamber,David Strathairn,Jeremy Child,Brian Pettifer,Michael Gould,John Atterbury.

Darkest Hour Cast / Crew
DIRECTOR: Joe Wright.
BANNER: Perfect World Pictures,Working Title Films
GENRE:War Drama
PRODUCER:Tim Bevan,Lisa Bruce,Eric Fellner,Anthony McCarten,Douglas Urbanski.
MUSIC DIRECTOR:Dario Marianelli.
SCRIPT WRITER:Anthony McCarten.
EDITOR:Valerio Bonelli.

Kristin Scott Thomas

Ben Mendelsohn

Lily James

Ronald Pickup

Stephen Dillane

Nicholas Jones

Samuel West

David Schofield

Richard Lumsden

Malcolm Storry

Hilton McRae

Benjamin Whitrow

Joe Armstrong

Adrian Rawlins

David Bamber

David Strathairn

Jeremy Child

Brian Pettifer

Michael Gould

John Atterbury

Darkest Hour Review

'The Darkest Hour': Oldman was waiting all his life to play Churchill's role (Review By Subhash K. Jha ; Rating: **1/2)

The true measure of a masterly performance is in its proclivity to hide the craft that goes behind the process of creating a character. In playing the blustering, bullying, opinionated, pigheaded, unorthodox, raunchy but finally effective British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who took on the might of Hitler, Oldman pulls out all the stops. He isn't afraid to let his impressive skills shine through the astonishing prosthetics. It is a performance designed to win awards.

And therein lies the main problem with this not-unimpressive biopic.

Oldman's portrayal of the blustering old man is spot-on, but designed to win the Oscar. The rest of the components in this Joe Wright directed film pale into insignificance. The film wears a strangely glum and dingy look, as though the parliament sessions and the Prime Minister's home at the time of Hitler's invasion were infected by a deep melancholy and a dismaying absence of sunshine. The last time I saw a film looking so glum was in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth".

"The Darkest Hour" revels in shadowy whispers and silhouetted innuendos. The parliamentary sessions shown in the film never rise above the level of staged drama and the famous Churchill speeches delivered through swigs of the trademark cigar, do not transcend the mood of doctored dogma. Interestingly, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel had earlier collaborated with director Tim Burton on "Dark Shadows".

Nonetheless, the lengthy film has passages of excellence popping up like a clown at a very dull birthday party. One noteworthy portion of the film has Churchill jumping out of his car at a traffic signal and taking a ride on the subway train with British working class passengers.

"What's the matter? You've never seen a Prime Minister ride the subway before?" he asks the open-mouthed commuters cheekily.

As played by Oldman, Churchill is a bit of a defiant brat. His limited understanding of British politics is perpetually overridden by his determination to do what is right for the country.

While the sequences where he brokers peacetime preconditions with his cabinet members are done with a self-important clumsiness, Churchill's personal relationships with the King (Ben Mendelsohn), with his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) and especially with his personal secretary (Lily James) come across with rigorous sinewiness.

In a moment of unguarded emotional honesty, the secretary tells Churchill that the war has taken away her brother. When she catches the Prime Minister staring at her, he tells her with disarming disingenuousness, "I just want to look at you."

Wish we could feel the same wave of empathy for the narrative which runs the gamut of manufactured emotions from political rhetoric to wartime sarcasm.

"The Darkest Hour" never quite expels the feeling of being a vehicle for Oldman's virtuosity. Yes, he was born to play Churchill. But was Churchill born so that an actor as skilled as Oldman could one day play him?

MORE reviews
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Justin Theroux,Mila Kunis,Kate McKinnon.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Christine Baranski,Pierce Brosnan,Dominic Cooper.
Dwayne Johnson,Neve Campbel,Chin Han.

Darkest Hour Movie News

Oldman, McDormand win best actors at 90th Oscars

Gary Oldman, for essaying former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour", and Frances McDormand for her role as a grieving mother in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri", won the best actor and best actress in a leading role categories at the 90th Academy Awards here.Read More

Darkest Hour Synopsis

DARKEST HOUR, a Focus Features presentation of a Working Title Films Production.

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) 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.

MORE previews
Tom Hardy,Michelle Williams.
Johnny English Strikes Again
Rowan Atkinson,Olga Kurylenko,Ben Miller.
The Equalizer 2
Denzel Washington,Ashton Sanders,Pedro Pascal.

Darkest Hour Teaser

- -

Darkest Hour trailer

MORE trailers
Robert Downey Jr, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen.
Tom Hardy,Michelle Williams.
Johnny English Strikes Again
Rowan Atkinson,Olga Kurylenko,Ben Miller.

Darkest Hour Video

 Movie - A to Z Category
$ F P $ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z