World War II was an intense moment in history and for a newly elected Prime Minister it became a true test of character leading to one of the most world-changing events in history. In “Darkest Hour” we come into the story as Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard“, “The Space Between Us“) takes the reigns of the mighty British Empire in his newly appointed role as the Prime Minister after Neville Chamberlain resigned from the position as the German war machine rears its head. Churchill is forced to choose between negotiating with the dictator, Hitler, or maintain the mite British Empires stature and stand their ground against the German juggernaut. Churchill surrounded not only by the Nazi enemy but doubters within his own government including the King (Ben Mendelsohn, “Rogue One“, “The Dark Knight Rises“), his own party and his predecessor, Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup, “The Crown“, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel“) must make the toughest decision that some would say would lead one of the defining moments in his career. Churchill at times relying on his wife, Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas, “The English Patient“, “Confessions of a Shopaholic“) to give him the strength to stand against many enemies. “Darkest Hour” gives us a loom into a moment that changed the world forever and as a sucker for historical drama’s I will be heading out to spend a little time in the past.
“Darkest Hour” looks to be an impactful look into that moment in history that changed the British Empire forever and the world as well. With such a great cast including the incomparable Gary Oldman, this epic historical drama seems to be a movie that will be exciting and a great way to spend a couple of hours reflecting on the past. You know what they say those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it so maybe this film will not only entertain us but be very timely in the world we now live in. Honestly if for no other reason I will be seeing this film in hopes of viewing another fantastic character portrayal by Academy award nominated Gary Oldman. If you are a history nerd like me or just looking for an excellently crafted epic story then perhaps the movie for you to see this holiday season is “Darkest Hour“.
“Darkest Hour” hits theaters across the U.S. on November 22 and early January 2018 in the United Kingdom.