Darkest Hour web
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

With Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn and Stephen Dillane.
Darkest Hour returns 23 March for one week.
Winner – Academy Award – Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman), Best Make up and Hair
Winner – Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Gary Oldman)
Winner – BAFTA – Best Leading Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Make Up / Hair,

Light House Film Club: Mark Brennand

Winston Churchill’s rise to power, in 1940, is invariably viewed through the rose tinted spectacles of his wobbling jowls, belligerent speeches and famous V for Victory sign. Yet the reality was far more complicated and fraught as the German Blitzkrieg stormed through Europe trapping the British Expeditionary Force on the beach at Dunkirk. It is on this Darkest Hour in our nation’s history that Joe Wright’s compelling film concentrates.
Numerous are those who have portrayed Churchill on television and in film but few have achieved it so credibly as Gary Oldman. Concealed beneath pounds of prosthetic facial make up, Oldman catches every verbal tick, every expression perfectly. He also succeeds in conveying Churchill’s irascibility his sense of humour his self doubt married to a ruthless streak that made up this complicated genius.
To Oldman’s outstanding performance is a gripping narrative in which Churchill is exposed as being almost alone in refusing to countenance a peace deal with Hitler. Buoyed by his wife Clementine, delightfully played by Kristen Scott Thomas, a late to the party King George and a somewhat twee encounter with “the British public” he eventually carries the day. But reaching that point is a roller coaster, one well worthy of the ride.
Rating: 4/5
©Mark Brennand
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