It’s 1940. Britain and France are up against Nazi Germany. Newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) has to decide whether to bow down to Germany and initiate peace talks with the help of Italy or to keep fighting.
The entire film is a run-up to his decision. Although the pacing of the film is inconsistent, it has got enough in it to keep you interested. Some of the war scenes are deftly done. And Winston’ speech in the end and the sequence in which he travels by London Underground are impressive. The pacing of the film is on the slower side and it sometimes does get to you.
Gary Oldman is extraordinary. He makes the film so much better only because of his performance. All the other actors do well in their small roles.
Darkest Hour is a decent film which benefits immensely by the performance of Gary Oldman. We give it 3 stars with a kink.
It’s said that choices can make or break you and sometimes, they’re not easy to make. It’s 1940. Britain and France are up against Nazi Germany. ...3.0