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Darkest Hour

Movie Review: Gary Oldman's performance is worth watching. The story was engaging.

Winston Churchill is having some kind of revival within mainstream culture. There was a recent TV movie, a big screen movie, and a movie on British soldiers evacuating Dunkirk. I’m all for it, people need to learn more about Churchill. And now we have the latest portrayal of Churchill with the Darkest Hour. Darkest Hour focuses on Churchill's first two weeks as Prime Minister. We follow his journey on the difficult choices he had to make regarding Hitler and the protection of his fellow British.

I am not a PhD historian on Churchill or British politics, so I am not quite sure how accurate many of these scenes are. I read no background information on the making of this movie. I came in watching this film completely unaware of the overall plot and theme.

I will say that I was pleasantly surprised and I was entertained. Again – I am not sure about the accuracy of the politics involved but the film does a good job in capturing the mood of the country - concerning government and its everyday people. It was uplifting at times and actually gave Churchill some positive light. The story and dialogue kept you engaged and your mind never wondered. There was a heartfelt moment when Churchill had a phone conversation with President Roosevelt. You feel for Churchill and for his people, it was beautifully shot. Another moment was when Churchill took a train ride and spoke with everyday British citizens. [It reminds you of Trumps election campaign. Political elites and media creates a false narrative on what majority of American are perceived to be thinking but if you really speak to many Americans, they are on the total opposite of what the elites and media are portraying.] I am sure mainstream media critics will spin everything in this movie as an anti-Trump moment. The screenplay was well done and the screenwriter deserves credit – you can interpret this film in different ways.

Gary Oldman had a wonderful performance. (I had no idea who was playing Churchill when I first viewed the trailer for this movie.) Oldman had some over the top moments but it didn’t make you cringe. Kristin Scott Thomas (I miss her) and Lily James also had strong performances. They seem so natural in their roles. Some of the dialogue can seem kind of cheesy but the actors delivered it so well that you don’t have the cringe feeling. The actors did a good job.

The overall production value was top notch. They captured the early days of WWII in Britain very well. Music, visuals effects, sounds, costume and the makeup were solid. The makeup artist did a great job in changing Gary Oldman to Churchill. Like I said earlier, the trailer even fooled me.

Overall – it was an entertaining movie. The politics and the historic accuracy could be off but the performances were top notch and the mood was well portrayed.

ReeYaa Grade = B-

Leftist Social Engineering (LSE)

The LSE is not as bad as some are saying online. The director of this film made some silly statements on Trump and people were worried that it was a blatantly bias film. The film itself is balanced in my opinion.

ReeYaa Score = Med

Production Information

Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

The director is a leftist hack and had some virtue signaling moments with the Press against Trump. The screenwriter Anthony McCarten doesn’t go out of his way to bash right-wingers. He wrote a balance story and should be commended for that. Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily James we support. They are common sense celebrities; they had some virtue signaling moments but nothing too outrageous like a Mark Ruffalo type. I wouldn’t boycott them just yet.

ReeYaa Score = Approve

Final Thoughts

Gary Oldman's performance is worth watching. The story was engaging. If you are a history and political fanatic – this movie is a nice escape. It is worth your money.

Movie Review Grade = B-
LSE = Med
Production Information = Approve

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Reviewed By: Lazy Editor Tim | January 25, 2018
Runtime: 2h 5min
Rating: PG-13
Wide Release Date: December 22, 2017

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