N A V I
G A T E

Home
A Brief Introduction
Years in Review
Films Ranked: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Current Criticism
Search Criticism
Past Criticism
Top 10 Lists
Notable Short Films
Links
Contact Me

Darkest Hour

Director:  Joe Wright
Year Released:  2017
Rating:  2.0

Fueled by tobacco and numerous spirits, England's Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) is appointed Prime Minister - following Neville Chamberlin (Ronald Pickup) - to help his country during World War II, although many other politicians want to appease Hitler and the German forces, which are taking over large chunks of Europe. There isn't much in this that hasn't been shown/told before, and Wright is under the impression he needs to 'doll up' his shots with 'fancy' (read: gaudy) camerawork - it's claustrophobic but never achieves the sense of 'urgency' it so desperately requires. For Oldman, packed in a fat suit and caked with make-up, this is a dream role designed for Awards Season ... and while he turns in a decent performance, it sometimes seems like a bit of a caricature: Gary has never been one to exercise restraint.

Return to the Previous Page

© Copyright 2018 Matthew Lotti.