Darkest Hour Reviews
The cinematography was damn good (yes I love drone shots), which shocked me because this isn't the type of movie where you'd expect it.
The pacing was also on point. Darkest Hour never dragged or felt rushed. A smooth consistent flow that most films fail to achieve.
Ultimately, I don't know how accurate it is or isn't to both the real life Chruchill, his political opponents/allies, nor the real world British politics that were in play at the time, but the film gets so many basic movie qualities right that I'd be willing to forgive it even if it does take some great liberties.
Definitely one of my favorite movies of 2017.
If you want to see a cute grumpy old man (Oldman) be cute and grumpy and sometimes a drunk grandpa and give a good hurrah at the end, here you go. If you want to see Gary Oldman and some makeup person win academy awards, here you go. I am curious about what really went down in the mind of Churchill and company. I can credit the movie for sparking my curiosity, and encouraging me to fight even for and especially for the causes that seem lost.
The historical perspective is good. The acting is excellent, and the writing is top notch.
Star Wars was warmed over roadkill, and this one is original and interesting....
It deserves a statue or two.
For an $8 ticket, you get $15 worth of entertainment.
This film is exactly as expected, predictably "Oscar-aimed". Beautiful cinematography and costumes, and a stellar performance by Oldman as Churchill. Very formulaic though and contrived with bits that made my eyes roll. That said, it's a solid biopic if you can stomach its pristine, idealized construction.