Review: The Darkest Hour (2017)

There are number of superlatives I could comment on in Joe Wright’s dramatic biopic representation of Winston Churchill in Britain’s darkest hour. One in particular is the sheer focus Wright puts on the character of Churchill with camera positioning, lighting, and sound. We are presented with shots that highlight his aloneness in the most unpredictable beginnings of WWII, highlighting to the audience the knowledge Churchill possessed of military situations we all know he’s famous for. This aloneness is heightened through the use of lighting, with set, actors and extras all unaccounted for in the scenes only focussing on Oldman.

Gary Oldman has rightly won the Golden Globe for best actor, who delivers a career making portrayal for his representation of Churchill. The leading man brings an unexpected bout of expertly delivered humour that only Oldman could have brought to the role, which would have befallen many great actors.

Overall, the film offers audiences an added glimpse into an era of history that is known for its dramatic speeches, and its courageous fallen heroes, and not so much its heavily weighted political decisions. Wright has delivered an entertaining, and highly interesting period drama that I would highly recommend viewing.