Movie Guide

  • 2018-02-01

Darkest Hour (2017).
In cinemas from Friday, Feb. 2

Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history. 

During the early days of World War Two, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (played by the Oscar nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost, or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

Darkest Hour initiates a genuine, modern approach to political heroism and the Western sagacity that’s out of favour. It’s not jingoism, it’s a politically aware and reflective performance. Oldman brings a wicked wit and compassionate heart to the role, one for which he seems almost superhumanly suited for, and that’s really saying something considering how many great actors have played Churchill in the past.

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