One of the more epically intense films of the year, this is Darkest Hour.
The film chronicles the early stages of World War II. Hitler’s armies are on an assault of the United Kingdom and, as the war rages on, current Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) is forced to resign. He selects a rather unconventional and peculiar successor: Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). Churchill has no time for pomp and circumstance and must get to work right away, facing the ultimate test of whether to negotiate with a tyrannical Hitler or continue to fight against him.
Darkest Hour is nominated for six Academy Awards and deservedly so. It provides an enthralling look at a pertinent time in world history. My number one takeaway from the film - and a note I kept on writing down - was how absolutely fantastic Oldman was in portraying Churchill. In fact, I’d go as far as saying it was the best performance of the year. Darkest Hour is a two-hour, exhilarating journey rich with passion. It will leave you wanting more.
I Give It An: A
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