Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor in a Drama
Set in 1940 before the US entered WWII, Joe Wright’s (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) Darkest Hour is an exciting, rousing historical drama that depicts the many obstacles Churchill faced in his determination to resist the Nazis — and shows just how close history came to taking a terrifyingly different direction.
When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign as P.M. less than a year into the war, Churchill (Gary Oldman) is selected as his only viable replacement despite his controversial career. With British resources dwindling, France having already fallen, and the US reluctant to enter the fray, a contingent led by Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax (Stephen Dillane) pushes hard for peace talks with Hitler. Churchill will have none of it, but how do you convince an anxious cabinet, much less an entire nation, to fight what may well be a losing battle? Darkest Hour is at heart a character piece, and Oldman has transformed himself utterly, rendering Churchill a living, breathing lion of a leader. The stellar cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Samuel West, Ronald Pickup.
(UK / 2017 / Directed by Joe Wright)
PG-13 / 125 mins.