Darkest Hour

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Year of Release: 2017

Genre: Drama

Related to/Remake of: N/A

Directed By: Joe Wright

Music By: Dario Marianelli

Starring: Gary Oldman (as Winston Churchill), Kristin Scott Thomas (as Clementine Churchill), Lily James (as Elizabeth Layton), Stephen Dillane (as Edward Wood), Ronald Pickup (as Neville Chamberlain), and Ben Mendelsohn (as King George VI)

Basic Plot: Taking place during the first few months of Winston Churchill’s appointment as Prime Minister of England in 1940, the film charts his struggles with trying to convince members of Parliament to fight back against Hitler rather than try negotiating with him.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: This type of movie doesn’t work unless all of the actors and actresses convince you that they are the people they are portraying, and this movie succeeds on all fronts in this regard.  Special mention must be made of Oldman’s portrayal of Churchill (for which he won a much-deserved Academy Award), and Kristin Scott Thomas as his long-suffering wife, Clementine.

Cons: Nothing to really complain about here.