Darkest Hour (2017)
Critic Consensus: Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative falters.
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Oldman delivers the greatest-hit speeches not just with mastery of cadence but with enough raw power to make the exceedingly familiar sound fresh.
Who wouldn't want to see the Nazis taken to task by George Smiley, Count Dracula and Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg?
This isn't an uncritical celebration of British bulldog spirit but a nuanced portrait of Churchill at a key point early in the war.
It's an amazing performance: the only star turn I've seen in which a famous actor visible in nearly every scene would be unrecognisable if we didn't know his name already.
Oldman is sheer joy in a role which transcends an otherwise uneven affair.
Audience Reviews for Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman delivers another great performance but in a superficial film that doesn't even try to escape the typical clichés found in so many biographies. Full review on filmotrope. com
This movie banks heavily on Gary Oldman's performance and makeup artist, and while they both do a great job, it's not enough to pull this film together. Oldman's performance, in both his speeches and his interactions with the other actors, is more admirable than it is entertaining, and the narrative drags and turns for seemingly no reason. The final line of the screenplay is great, and almost justifies all of its flaws, but there are just too many flaws in it to overcome.
The best about this look at the weeks when Churchill became prime minister in Britain, just as Hitler was conquering Western Europe, is that it doesn't mess up the telling. At the same time it telegraphs every single scene, and one can perceive some of the dramatis as little more than nationalist rhetoric with a eye towards the Academy Awards. The failure here is that the work is not as good as is advertised. On its own, away from the hoopla, it will become a schoolroom assignment the students will hate the teachers for, but some might actually learn something from.
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