Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, History


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In May 1940, the fate of World War II hangs on Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean the end of the British Empire.


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Director:

Joe Wright

Writer:

Anthony McCarten

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12 September 2017 | shanx24
6
| Riveting production despite its pat view of history
We go to the movies to be gripped by powerful narratives presented with good scripts and moving imagery. This film has all of it, most especially a riveting performance by Gary Oldman.

The subject matter will clearly divide audiences thanks to its pat view of history: UK as the righteous hero and everyone else as inept -- Italians and French losers, Germans the evil fascists, US completely unmentioned, Canada the quiet prairie for monarchs to escape to -- in the still-somewhat- mysterious Dunkirk incident where Hitler could easily have tightened the noose and pushed UK over the edge of what was evidently a crushing defeat, but somehow allowed them the leeway to escape by civilian boats. There's next to no mention of the French army that stood its ground and valiantly sacrificed itself to win a couple of days for the Brits on the beach.

All that said, as a film, this is a gripping narrative with just the kind of insouciant wit you'd expect from Churchill. While movies such as "The Gathering Storm" with Albert Finney were more considered, Darkest Hour is the kind of production that wows awards juries and audiences. Worthy watch when it comes to a theater near you. I feel Nolan's "Dunkirk" would be richer if you saw it *after* Darkest Hour.

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Release Date:

22 December 2017

Language

English, French, German, Italian


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

Bicester Aerodrome, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,006 26 November 2017

Gross USA:

$56,468,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,847,274

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