Culture, Film

Film review: Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour, a British biographical film about Winston Churchill, is set during his time as Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War.
The film, directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten, stars Gary Oldman as Churchill and Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife, and follows Churchill as he faces a crucial moment against Adolf Hitler’s army.
Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour encompasses some impressive archival footage of troop buildup in Europe as the Second World War gets underway. It contains scenes in Parliament of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepping down and debate raging over who his successor will be. Eventually -as history tells us- Churchill became that person. However, he is not well liked within his own party, and was a compromised choice favoured by the Opposition party.
Watch out for some antagonistic play between Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax plotting to try and rid Britain of Churchill.
Oldman portrays Churchill brilliantly; a likeable rogue, Oldman provides a human face to a deeply complex historical figure.
Darkest Hour is superbly cast, and is a well-written film. Wright directs the film in an intriguing – and at times whimsical – fashion.
It is masterly crafted; from the setting, camera movement and use of imagery. Some of the scenes are wrapped in poetic imagery; a lovely mix of reality and dream sequences provides a unique insight to the challenging time.
A near perfect film that is so well-layered you could watch it over again and again to keep finding something new.

Darkest Hour
Four and a half stars.
Luke Pivac
30th November 2017