Paul Tapner Reply to on 4 June 2018
|Darkest Hour is an historical drama/character biopic that tells the story of Winston Churchill's first month as Prime Minister. A time when World War Two went from bad to worse for Britain, and when all seemed lost. In the face of this, with other politicans clamouring for peace with the Nazis, with seemingly no hope of victory, it was going to be a very stern test of his leadership abilities...
Historical dramas are usually dramatisations, in that things will be altered slightly in order to make it work as a movie. Thus those who want to nit pick such things will find enough to keep them happy here, despite a stellar effort it makes in so many ways. They will particularly latch onto a scene which is an even less accurate depiction of travel on the London Underground than that seen in 'Thor: the Dark World.' But some of this will be an education to many, and it does manage to do what Dunkirk, by virtue of it's focus, couldn't, and mention those who had to hold the line. To the last man.
And yet where this does succeed brilliantly is in the character drama department. It's a story of a man facing so many challenges, so many things stacked against him, and so many personal issues, and yet finding the strength to come through. In that respect, it is superb. Gary Oldman does a brilliant job of transformation acting in the lead, and you do forget that you're watching an actor in makeup after a while. As a character drama in this way, it does a great job of making the viewer think. What you might do in similar circumstances. Would you fight for a seemingly lost cause, or would you want to try and get peace?
And said tube scene is worth it because it reminds us of a salient truth that is often forgotten. Politicans don't govern us. They govern for us. You would wish for a present day politician who would do this.
So whilst it's not quite perfect and thus not quite a five star film, for what it does as outlined above, it is a very memorable and worthwhile watch, and well worth a look.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, Castilian Spanish, Russian.
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Hindi, Icelandic, Lavian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portugese, Russian, Swedish.
It's also English audio captioned.
The disc begins with a single trailer, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.
A commentary from the director.
Into Darkest Hour. A seven minute overview of the project. Interesting viewing, if a bit brief.
Gary Oldman: becoming Churchill: four minutes about his performance. A fascinating look at the actor's craft. Well worth a watch.
The disc also comes with the usual flyer with code for downloading a copy of the film onto a digital device.