World War II is a territory that’s been well tread in Hollywood for decades. It makes sense. It’s one of the most famous wars in world history, and as such, the number of stories that can be pulled are innumerable. This particular incarnation comes from the mind of Anthony McCarten, the writer of The Theory of Everything. At the helm is Atonement and Hanna’s Joe Wright. Perhaps most notably, however, is Gary Oldman’s involvement, portraying the British icon Winston Churchill during this world-defining era.
That seems to be the main difference between Darkest Hour and every other World War II drama out there. Rather than be told form the perspective of someone on the ground, or someone more low ranking, the film will follow things from the very top of the British chain of command. More than anything, this film looks like it will hinge on the conflict between parties who want to make a treaty with Nazi Germany, which is a great direction to take.
As far as the casting of Gary Oldman, I find myself torn. Goldman is one of the best actors working today, but the idea of covering someone behind makeup so much has always rubbed me the wrong way. It’s distracting, and ultimately takes away from the performance being given. It also seems to have the unintended effect of forcing the actor to overact in over to compensate for the prosthetics. Will this distract from the quality of the film? That remains to be seen.
The official synopsis for Darkest Hour is below:
"A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history."
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Darkest Hour hits select theaters on November 22, 2017.
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SOURCE: Focus Features