Oscar season has a way of bringing them out: average movies that could only have been made by experts at their craft, catering to Academy viewers of a certain age who can't resist Brit prestige, insisting that great acting require fussy physical transformation. That is, Gary Oldman is terrific under several layers of flab, but I'd take his subtle, implosive performance in Tinker, Tailor... nine times out of time.
Darkest Hour is the type of biopic that most satisfies me, as it chooses to focus on a particular moment in time, rather than trying to fit a person's life story in under 2 hours. The film is exquisitely written and directed, and never ceases to be compelling. Finally, it has been said many times but-- Gary Oldman's performance is something to behold, an actor performing at a level very few can aspire to.
[UCI El Corte] Church and Chill. Not only Oldman's best role ever (sorry ) it's one of the biopic roles I've ever seen in my life. The make-up job is top-notch. But mostly what does it the way Oldman acts thru the mask, the way he uses his mouth and eyes. His brilliant you can hardly notice he's wearing a 'mask'. And his acting is not only spot-on, it is moving, credible, modern and engaging. I drowned in tears with▽
Guilty of hero worship maybe, but still Wright's best film since "Atonement," to which this is very much a companion piece; typewriters click in time with the score and creative use of digetic sound bookends scenes and transitions. Lush lighting and unique points-of-view present the textured period setting. Snappily scripted enough to be a one-act, with an assured, mesmerizing turn from Oldman. Severely underrated!
Gary Oldman gives one of the best performances of his long career capturing Winston Churchill in the first days of his appointment as prime minister as the Nazi war machine moves across Western Europe and the situation at Dunkirk develops. The scripting of Anthony McCarten is quite impressive even if there are some conveniences and folklore added to the mix. Wright's reliable direction elevates the film.
Gary Oldman gives an incredible and transformative performance as Winston Churchill in this picture that has exceptionally beautiful grey lighting and would also make a nice companion piece to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. Also Kristin Scott Thomas is an absolute revelation here as well as Lily James.
We need a by-the-numbers biopic every year, preferably one that takes a larger-than-life figure from a storied era and erects his likeness in a predictably hammy fashion, and "Darkest Hour" lives up to that distinction. An overdecorated slog with minimized tension and faceless supporting performers, Gary Oldman has no choice but to shout most of his dialog through a ribbity accent to try & breed life into the picture