Darkest Hour

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2018

If you are a fan of historical drama, based on actual events, you are bound to enjoy this brilliant account of Winston Churchill’s role in WWII.

The movie is set in May 1940. The opposition Labour party is calling for Neville Chamberlain’s resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as the members do not believe that he is able to handle the Nazi threat. Chamberlain’s first choice as his successor is Lord Halifax but Halifax declines and the only other option is Winston Churchill.

George V1, King of England is not a fan of Churchill’s however he reluctantly invites him to form a Government.

Britain and France are allies, but things are not going well in France and Holland and Belgium are about to fall too. Halifax and Chamberlain want to negotiate a peace deal with Hitler, via Mussolini, however Churchill is dead against surrender.

News that the British Expeditionary Force is trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, create a panic as the Germans are advancing towards them, and Britain doesn’t have the means to evacuate the 300 000 troops whose lives are at risk. Against the advice of the War Cabinet, Churchill orders the only other Garrison in France, based at Calais, to distract the Germans in order to buy time. Churchill’s plan is to order all civilian vessels capable of carrying soldiers to head to Dunkirk and rescue the British troops.

As France, Belgium and Holland fall, there is a real threat of the Germans invading Britain, and Halifax and Chamberlain are pushing Churchill even harder to enter into peace negotiations, but Churchill seeks guidance from the British public, who are adamant that Britain should never surrender.

Churchill, with the help of his secretary, Miss Layton who together with his wife Clementine, had become his rock, writes his famous “We will fight them on the Beaches” speech, and Parliament rallies behind him.

The rest is history!

The movie offers an incredible insight into Churchill, the man, and Churchill the Politician. His special relationship with his wife and family, his vices and his gruff manner are brilliantly portrayed, as is his softer, more sensitive side.

Gary Oldman gives the performance of his life in the role of Winston Churchill, as does Kristen Scott-Thomas in the role of Clementine. They are supported by an incredible cast.

Oldman has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and he has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. The film earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and nine nominations at the British Academy Film Awards.

The film was directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten, and releases at cinemas countrywide on 02 February 2018.