FILM REVIEW: DARKEST HOUR (PG)

The battle for the Oscars is here!

Does a Golden Globe win mean Oscar glory?

Not necessarily. They are two very different sets of awards. One reason is because the Globes has two Best Picture awards (one for drama and another for musicals or comedies) whereas the Academy Awards doesn’t make that distinction. Another reason is that both have very different voting bodies.

However, the Globes do give us a good indication of what films people are taking notice of. Although Darkest Hour wasn’t nominated for Best Film (Drama), Gary Oldman did win Best Actor (Drama) – which shows that the film is certainly on people’s radar.

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Oldman plays Winston Churchill during the early days of World War II in this dramatic and inspiring true story. 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.

Whilst dealing with the unprepared public, a sceptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must confront the ultimate choice: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or stand firm and fight for the freedom of a nation against incredible odds.

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After a short while into the film, you completely forget you’re watching Oldman on the screen. The actor, whose real-life characters have previously included Lee Harvey Oswald and Beethoven, has once again played the part to perfection. The seamless prosthetics are complimented by the celeb’s incredible acting ability and attention to detail. His Golden Globe win was truly deserved.

Despite the fact that Darkest Hour wasn’t nominated for Best Film at the Globes, I’ll be very surprised if that isn’t the case at the Academy Awards. And do you know what? It would stand a pretty good chance of taking the Oscar!

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Genre: Drama

Running Time: 2hrs 5mins

Directed by: Joe Wright

Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane & Ben Mendelsohn.

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