I was so excited to watch the Darkest Hour. I saw a trailer last year that looked absolutely fabulous and couldn’t wait to see the entire film.
Gary Oldman provides an outstanding performance as Winston Churchill from the period of him becoming Prime Minister to his famous ‘we will fight on the beaches’ speech when it was decided not to pursue negotiations with Germany.
I didn’t have much knowledge on Churchill when I went to see this film. I did have knowledge of World War 2 because that’s a topic I am interested in. This film allowed me an insight into the Prime Minister that stood up repeatedly to Hitler and brought us through the war.
What I really liked about this film was that it showed Churchill in a true light (with some artistic license of course!). He was a flawed man. He made mistakes throughout his political career. He was a renegade who sided with the liberals despite his conservation background.
It also showed us a snipped into his family life. His wife, Clementine, who adored him and he adored in turn. His children who came second to his dedication to politics.
I hadn’t realised the atmosphere in which Churchill became Prime Minister. The conservatives didn’t want him to succeed Chamberlain. Unfortunately it was a coalition government and Churchill was the only candidate the liberals would agree to.
Gary Oldman was magnificent as Churchill. He really brought the character to life with all his flaws and characteristics.
Overall this was a brilliant film. I’m not surprised it has started to win awards this year already. This is definitely a must see for me.
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