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Darkest Hour

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Critic Rating

6.6

15 Reviews
12 Ratings
92%
in favor

Audience Rating

8.0
1 Review
1 Rating

Movie Info

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Running Time

Language

English

Synopsis

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.Wikipedia

Darkest Hour Reviews

Anupama Chopra
Film Companion

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Wright sets this up an inspiring drama, which culminates in Churchill’s watershed ‘we shall fight them on the beaches’ speech, which we also heard at the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. In fact, Darkest Hour works as a nice companion piece to that film. Unlike Nolan however, Wright opts for easy sentimentality. McCarten invents a scene in which Churchill takes the tube for the first time in his life and finds strength in the courage of ordinary Londoners. It’s so cheesy that a B-grade Bollywood director would have rejected it. But there is enough to enjoy here. Especially Oldman’s towering achievement.

Christopher Nolan beautifully presented the military side of Britain's most vulnerable rescue mission in Dunkirk, where the narrative became the lead, Joe Wright gives it all to Oldman in Darkest Hour. You live the mission alongside Churchill, getting into his skin and his fears and sympathising with him to a point that when the last frame ends, your heart fills with pride, only to realise the massacre the real man brought in your own country. Isn't this an example of brilliant and successful storytelling?

Shalini Langer
Indian Express

6

Darkest Hour can’t avoid comparisons with The Crown, where John Lithgow’s Churchill reluctantly confronts mortality, and faces questions regarding own leadership. Several actors from the Netflix series pop up here in crucial/similar roles.

Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times

6

Gary Oldman delivers one of the finest performances of his career in director Joe Wright’s technically brilliant but narratively flawed companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

Deccan Chronicle Team
Deccan Chronicle

6

Although not consistently engrossing, the film stands tall on the magnificent performance by Gary Oldman.

Darkest Hour doesn't even pretend to make it about anything else besides Oldman as he gloriously alternates between a exuberant bear, shrewd fox and vociferous lion.Though his animal instincts hit their peak, the script itself begins to lose its edge-of-the-seat momentum and disintegrates to revel in hollow glory and glib eloquence.

IANS
NDTV

6

Gary Oldman delivers one of the finest performances of his career in director Joe Wright’s technically brilliant but narratively flawed companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

Neil Soans
Times Of India

8

'Darkest Hour' is pretentiously flawed in its obvious award-baiting, but well produced and rousing enough thanks to Gary Oldman in one of his most impressive performances.

Reviewer Profile
DNA India

8

The biggest drawback of the movie is its speed. Crisp editing would have made a lot of difference if Wright had ignored the temptation of keeping his beloved track shots and top shots.

A wonderful blend of history, art and fiction, this film has the best credentials to take away all the major awards.

Subhash K Jha
SKJBollywoodNews

5

The Darkest Hour never quite expels  the  feeling of being a vehicle for Oldman’s virtuosity. Yes, he was born to play Churchill. But was Churchill born so that an actor as skilled as Oldman  could one day play him ?

6

Gary Oldman's performance as Winston Chirchill is undeniably entertaining...

Uday Bhatia
LiveMint

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Oldman’s Churchill is a terrific imitation, and will probably get him his first Oscar, though I’ll probably remember him as the sphinx in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or the punk in Sid and Nancy. As for Wright, I’d take the unbroken five-minute tracking shot along the beach at Dunkirk in his Atonement over the rousing flatteries of Darkest Hour.

Reviewer Profile
Fully Hyderabad

7

While the movie is competently made, its core intent appears to be to get a legendary actor his long-overdue Oscar and the film might be remembered only as "that film that won Oldman an Oscar" and not much else. You'll remember the poignancy of the "We will fight them at the beaches" speech at the end of Dunkirk more than the elation the same speech tries to induce at the end of this movie.

Gary Oldman ceases to exist with his powerful performance as the former English Prime Minister...

Audience Reviews for Darkest Hour

  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    196 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    8

    There's a scene in director Joe Wright's Darkest Hour where Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) travels by the tube and mingles with the citizens of his country. As he walks into the Underground, it feels like any other peculiar scene from the film, but then he finds himself inside a tube car with people around him, standing awestruck and in adoration and respect. I was sitting here in my chair with the same feeling as Oldman's Churchill begins talking while his team is discussing an important treaty in other part of the city. There is no doubt that Darkest Hour is an intelligent drama made with enough doses of humor, politics, and embellishments that usually make up a World War II film, but what works for it is the perfect coagulation of all the ingredients. Watching Darkest Hour is like drinking a gallon of water in the middle of a night. The pleasure that you derive from it - be it from Oldman's terrifically nuanced performance or Dario Marianelli's exhilarating score - will have at least a full-day effect on you. It is a 'slice of history' film made in a way to appease its audience, and I, for one, am thoroughly impressed. It's an energetic affair that will make you get up from your chair, rush to the street, and dance like you have just won a war. TN.

    July 28, 18