Darkest Hour

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 (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) 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 sceptical 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


 

Academy Awards:
Won: Best Actor (Gary Oldman), ), Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Nominated: 
Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design

BAFTA Awards:
Won :
  Best Actor, Best Make Up & Hair

Nominated: 
Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas) Best Original Music, Outstanding British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design

Critics Views

“Few would argue that Oldman isn’t one of the finest actors of his generation, but this is a tour de force portrayal that will define his body of work for decades to come.” The Playlist

“It’s a deliciously unsubtle testament to the power of words and their infinite capacity to inspire.” Indiewire

“This is a film which breathes life, as well as alcohol fumes, into history. Like its central character, Darkest Hour has “mobilised the English language and sent it into battle.” Screen International
“Gary Oldman is terrific as Churchill, conveying the babyishness of his oddly unlined face in repose, the slyness and manipulative good humour, and a weird deadness when he is overtaken with depression.” The Guardian

Film Rating

IMDb
 Critics: 75%  Audience 74%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 89%  Top Critics score 77%  Audience liked it 83%

Stockbridge Audience: 96%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 106
Good 15
Average 1
Poor 0
Very Poor 0

Date: Wednesday 20 June

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Length:  2hrs 5mins

Genre: Drama Biography History

Director: Joe Wright

Writer: Joe Wright

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James

Rating: 12A
Mild bad language

Video Trailer

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(ctr) Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's DARKEST HOUR, a Focus Features release.
Credit:  Jack English / Focus Features