Great Britain are on the brink of defeat in the Second World War and the House of Commons have voted no confidence with the current Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain when Winston Churchill who is not popular within he’s own party is voted as the new Prime Minister and the next few days prove to the be the most important days in the Country’s modern history, these are Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hours.
Ever since Darkest Hour was advertised last year this was a film I was looking forward to seeing but after the disappointment of Churchill last year I was hoping this wasn’t going to be the same but I didn’t need to worry, Gary Oldman plays a brilliant Winston Churchill along with Lily James as Miss Layton Winston’s secretary ably supported by Stephen Dillane (Lord Halifax), Ronald Pickup (Neville Chamberlain) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Clemmie). The film is full of one liners (whether they’re true or not doesn’t matter) such as “Please tell the Privy Seal that I’m sealed in the privy and I can only deal with one shit at a time” and “Will you stop interrupting me while I am interrupting you”. Normally when Hollywood takes a historic fact and makes a film they embellish it to make the Americans look good and normally ruins the film but with this whilst it is I’m sure embellished this doesn’t make the film suffer.
The film only covers a couple of weeks but these are the weeks leading up to the rescue of 300,000 soldiers from Dunkirk where Lord Halifax insists that Churchill must enter peace talks and surrender to the Nazi Germany but though Churchill gets the War Cabinet to write a letter to the Italians (the brokers of the talks) to see what the terms would be he already has an operation underway where Admiral Ramsey is to send as many civilian boats he can get and send them to Dunkirk and the King speaks to Churchill and though he scares him, he trusts that he will do the right thing and supports his fight to the end attitude. He then catches the tube on the way to Westminster and speaks to commuters and asks them for their thoughts (I doubt this actually happened) and then addresses the House of Common and gives the speech where we will fight them on the streets, on the beaches etc. and he wins over the house including his own party who doubted him.
The film ends with the texts that the Dunkirk mission was a success with 300,000 troops rescued and 5 years later Britain and its allies had won the war.
The connection in the film between Churchill and his Secretary Layton is really good and her character is a perfect counter to the rough and harshness of Churchill and one I really liked.
This film is a must watch film and deserves the nominations it has received for many awards. I give this a rating of 9/10.
Date watched: – 21st January 2018
Where Watched: – Cineworld Whiteley
Director: – Joe Wright
Writer: – Anthony McCarten
Starring: – Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Awards: – Gary Oldman – Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, SAGA for Outstanding Performance for a Male Actor. Nominated for 9 BAFTA’s and 6 Oscar’s