During one of the most harrowing eras of 20th Century, and one of the gravest times England and the Earth faced, the country fought one of the largest armies of evil the world had ever seen. That was when Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) stood before the world and helped instill in everyone the power humanity has when we all WORK TOGETHER!

Director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) delivers one of the most rousing bio pics through the prism of this gripping WW2 story to tell the tale of one of the most iconic world leaders in history. Darkest Hour also makes a powerful companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk by juxtaposing the politics and planning behind WW2 with the troops on the ground.

This easily belongs among Wright’s best work and is indeed a true redemption story after diving into blockbuster efforts and having it pan out in the worst way. In the Director’s Guild of America podcast “The Director’s Cut”, Wright describes his ambition for the final cut of a film as a combination of “The participation of imagination and the persistence of vision.” He delivers that in spades here. Wright fires on all cylinders by bringing audiences into a film that is epic in its scope and immerses us in a spellbinding cinematic experience.

Gary Oldman is already famous for his transcendent performance style. Whether you put him in The Dark Knight trilogy or Harry Potter or as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, he truly disappears into his role. He doesn’t act like his characters, he becomes them. He is a freak of nature (in the best way possible) that belongs in the same league as Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helen Mirren.

Even so, this is a milestone performance from Oldman. He’s an absolute powerhouse as Churchill and delivers an enriching performance that simply must be witnessed to be understood. It’s no wonder he has already won “Best Actor” at the Golden Globes because this is a plum performance after an already storied career.

Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Ben Mendelsohn
Distributed by: Focus Features
Release Date: January 12, 2018 (United Kingdom)
Run Time: 125 minutes

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After graduating with a degree in Media Studies and Journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, ON, Alex has been covering pop culture events since 2009. He has covered major festivals like Osheaga, North by North East, Edgefest, and Heavy T.O and interviewed members of the Foo Fighters and Carlos Santana (who featured the interview in his memoir) and more. Alex has also spoken with filmmakers like writer/director Shane Black (Iron Man 3), writer George Pelecanos (The Wire, The Deuce), feature film directors, actors, stunt coordinators and more. His passion for film lead him to write original screenplays and even made the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival in 2019. He loves movies, music, reading, writing, and festivals of all kinds while he works on his next feature film spec script.