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Gary Oldman gives the performance of his career as Winston Churchill in this nail-biting historical thriller.
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Gary Oldman)
Gary Oldman gives the performance of his career as the newly appointed and instantly embattled Winston Churchill. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.
With the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman). While maneuvering among his political rivals, he must make the ultimate choice: negotiate peace with Hitler and save the British people or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas deliver excellent supporting performances in this high-octane political thriller that serves as an interesting companion film to last summer’s Christopher Nolan spectacle Dunkirk. We recommend you see both before the Oscars! D: Joe Wright, UK, 2017, Runtime: 2h5m
My cinema education began with obsessively devouring Gary Oldman’s entire filmography. An actor who disappears chameleon-like into some roles and an irresistible scenery-eater in others, he is always a joy to watch onscreen—though he has yet to win an Academy Award. In addition to Darkest Hour, I recommend: Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Immortal Beloved, Air Force One, The Dark Knight, Sid and Nancy, and my personal favorite, the delightfully campy Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
At the Telluride Film Festival this year I fulfilled my lifelong dream of meeting him. It’s one thing to be so lucky to meet your favorite actor—it’s another to discover that despite often playing a villain, in real life he is a warm and lovely human being. I had a chance to thank him for inspiring my love for cinema. He touched my elbow. I haven’t washed it since.
—Johanna, Hop Film