Darkest Hour is the 2nd Winston Churchill war bio picture in as many years.
In fact the start of this film is almost identical to ‘Churchill’ starring Brian Cox as the British brute prime minister.
The main difference on screen is that this film focuses on the early days of his term of Prime Minister, from not being the popular choice, and being pretty much chosen to be the scapegoat. The man that would surrender to Hitler, the man that would sign British independence over to Nazi Germany. A role none of the more obvious choices in the Conservative party were willing to be responsible for.
What they didn’t take for granted however, was that Churchill would also not be willing to be this man, despite the hankering of his colleagues to do so, and this is the main story of this film.
Gary Oldman puts in one of his best performances to date, and has duly been nominated for an Oscar for it. However the rest of the film doesn’t really do anything, in my humble opinion to garner such rewards. In fact, I’d be surprised if it ends up being on anyone’s top 10 lists come the end of 2018.
It’s a good film however, without seeing the destruction war brings, and the politics behind it. It will no doubt become a film that gets shown in History classes in years to come.
Although unknown if it really happened, and let’s let the fact it seemed to take forever to do one stop on the London Underground, it is deemed that Churchill, would often vanish, and it’s often been said he would end up mingling with the British public in not so obvious locations, to get a feel of the mood. This helped him make decisions. Could you imagine Theresa May doing this??
However it’s this scene that has people talking. It’s Oscar bait, it’s there to connect with the audience. The token black man whose hand he shakes. Tries to remove the stigma that Churchill at heart, was a bit of a racist. ‘Keep Britain White’ was his reaction in the 50’s at the influx of immigrants onto British shores. I guess some thing’s haven’t changed after all for some. But that was Britain in the 40’s and 50’s, so why change it to conform to what’s acceptable in 2018.
Ben Mendelsohn, should get a nod for his role of George VI which was also a highlight of this picture.
I didn’t like the end writing about his exit from office just months after the war, and then failing to mention he became PM again in 1951 until 1955. Also Hollywood’s fascination that public boats carried out the majority of the evacuation of Dunkirk. It would seem Hollywood is doing it’s best to re-write the history books yet again.