Review: Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 125 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 19-JAN-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Overall Review:
Eleven Years after Atonement, director Joe Wright is returning once again with the turbulent time period to bring another piece of serious and historic drama to our cinemas. Gary Oldman delivers a blistering portrayal of Winston Churchill, the newly elected Conservative Prime Minister who is thrust headlong into political crisis. Darkest Hour is, in truth, a polished war film where the action is purely wordy. Director Joe Wright has visually romanticized a moment in time that the film is trying to tell us was precarious and terrifying. The most interesting thing about Darkest Hour is how it serves as a flip side to last year’s Dunkirk, filling in some of the background about why all those British soldiers were stuck on that French beach, and how their evacuation was organized. Film is visually more authentic because the tone lives up to its title. Utilizing subdued lighting and somber production design, Darkest Hour provides another platform in cinematic history, depicting an important, significant period. It is filled with exhilarating energy, humour and passion throughout. In the nutshell “DARKEST HOUR” is Outstanding even with some minor flaws.

PDF Verdict:
With an Oscar-worthy performance from Gary Oldman, DARKEST HOURS is Riveting and OLDMAN dominates this period DRAMA. A Masterpiece !!!

Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 5 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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