If you are looking for a full biopic of Winston Churchill, this huge historic figure, then you won’t find it in The Darkest Hour. We don’t get much insight into his past. Or his involvement in the allies final victory over the Germans. Instead, this film focuses on Churchill’s first days as Prime Minister in 1940 where he is thrown into the precarious task of facing up to the approaching Nazi forces.
It’s May 1940 and Holland and Belgium are about to be invaded while France is on its knees. The British army is surrounded at Dunkirk and a Nazi attack on British mainland is imminent. In Britain there are calls for Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to step down for being too weak. Chamberlain wants Lord Halifax to fill his shoes but Halifax feels it is too early for him. Chamberlain is coerced into choosing the only man who will have universal support from all parties; First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill (played by the magnificent Gary Oldman). Continue reading “Darkest Hour Review”