Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour has Oscar bait written all over it – I’ll be surprised if Gary Oldman who plays Winston Churchill doesn’t win the best actor award this year.

But it’s not just his incredible, immersive performance that merits the label. Director Joe Wright and writer Anthony McCarten have created a prestige biopic about an iconic British prime minister. The film is handsomely produced. It has a sweeping soundtrack by Dario Marianelli that effectively pushes audience buttons. And a swiveling camera – Wright is especially fond of overhead shots and long tracking sequences. Darkest Hour is sturdy, straight-forward storytelling and this is not a criticism.

The driver engine of course is Oldman who is nowhere to be seen. Oldman convinced the make-up artist Kazuhiro Tsuji to come out of retirement and endured four hours of make-up for 48 consecutive days.  He has transformed entirely into the jowly, rotund man who was scary and steely but also compassionate and loving. Our first glimpse of Churchill is him having breakfast in bed, which includes a glass of wine.  He is barking orders and he reduces his young, new secretary to tears.  His wife Clementine, played by the exquisite Kristin Scott Thomas, says he is a man like any other.

But of course he isn’t. Darkest Hour is a portrait of Churchill’s first month as prime minister in May and June of 1940. Western Europe is in imminent danger of collapse. More than 300,000 British soldiers are trapped in Dunkirk. Hitler and his million strong army are marching toward England. Churchill is battling with his own war cabinet and being pressed to opt for negotiation and surrender. At one point, the beleaguered prime minister roars – you cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.

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.

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*
Name:*
E-mail:*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Anupama Chopra

  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of 102 Not Out

    Director: Umesh Shukla Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jimit Trivedi Review by: Anupama Chopra. 102 Not Out is a testament to the talent of Rishi...

    BMS EditorMay 4, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Daas Dev

    Director: Sudhir Mishra Cast: Rahul Bhat, Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Saurabh Shukla, Vineet Kumar Singh, Vipin Sharma Review by: Anupama...

    Anupama ChopraApril 27, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Avengers: Infinity War

    Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen,...

    Anupama ChopraApril 27, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Baaghi 2

    Director: Ahmed Khan Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Darshan Kumaar, Prateik Babbar. Review by: Anupama Chopra. Baaghi 2 is...

    Anupama ChopraApril 5, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Raid

    Director: Raj Kumar Gupta Cast: Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla, Amit Sial, Ileana D’Cruz Review by: Anupama Chopra Raid comes at the right...

    Anupama ChopraMarch 16, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Lady Bird

    Director: Greta Gerwig Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Lois Smith, Timothée Chalamet Review By: Anupama Chopra Within...

    Anupama ChopraMarch 2, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Pari

    Director: Prosit Roy Cast: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor Pari is an odd film. It’s horror, romance, emotional drama and...

    Anupama ChopraMarch 2, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

    Director: Luv Ranjan Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha, Alok Nath, Virendra Saxena, Ishita Raj Review by: Anupama Chopra In one...

    Anupama ChopraFebruary 23, 2018
  • Anupama Chopra’s Film Review of Welcome to New York

    Director: Chakri Toleti Cast: Karan Johar, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh, Rana Daggubati Review by: Anupama Chopra There is a scene...

    Anupama ChopraFebruary 23, 2018

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup