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.
This highly enjoyable and unexpectedly humorous theatrical companion piece to Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" provides another larger-than-life role for Gary Oldman. British at its best, "Atonement" director Joe Wright orchestrates his forth period piece with forgivable pathos, due to the topicality of its message: There is no compromise with the rise of fascism in Europe.
A notch above most "great man" biopics, thanks to its well matched cast. Was pleased to see the obvious main attraction - Oldman's Churchill - was much more than the otherworldly prosthetics. And whether accurate or not, it does the character and the dramatic moment great justice and does so in a contained, well-paced, and surprisingly entertaining way.
It's competent in parts but the overall film is ploddingly worthy Oscar bait, and seems to have been conceived with that alone in mind. It doesn't exactly go the whole hog on the Churchill hagiography but it is also overly generous with hindsight. Oldman mumbles in an Academy-pleasing way and some of the scenes (like the one in the Tube) are simply preposterous. Will be forgotten in twelve months.
Gary Oldman is impressive and unrecognisable as Churchill at the very start of his assignment as Prime Minister during the second world war. I am not usually into historical nor war films but have to say this one is very compelling and tensed, full of beautifully framed scenes and close ups on people's faces. Recommended.
[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▽
Darkest Hour is designed for an audience for whom history must resemble a well-staged play. Its self congratulatory tone enforces one of the cardinal sins of historical films - it cannot imagine a reality other than the one we inherited. As such, it is inflated with the pomposity of worth, of nationalism and actors being grand and unrecognisable, uncritical of rhetoric being the best tool a politician can wield.
mubi should allow half stars... 2.5. Gary Oldman is marvellous. the film has the schematics of a typical biopic. just like Oldman morphs into Churchill with the genius makeup effects, Joe Wright morphs into Tom Hooper here. it's an ok film, but Oldman's performance obliterates everything.
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!
2.5 Very depressing to see Kristin Scott Thomas relegated to such a minor supporting role. Would rather have seen her play Churchill. Gary Oldman is tiringly bombastic, and I was thankful we didn't have to cover all of WWII. Focusing only on the start of Churchill's P.M. career gave a rarely seen view of the British government's (and America's) early and confused isolationist stance toward Hitler.
Gary Oldman domina cada minuto de "O Destino de uma Nação" como já era de se esperar. Seu Churchill, para além da caricatura dos gritos, do mau humor e dos dedos na cara, é construído em cada mínimo detalhe. Ator, em letras garrafais, Oldman oferece tantas nuances para seu personagem que não deixa muito espaço para mais nada no filme. http://filmesdochico.com.br/o-destino-de-uma-nacao/
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.
There's certainly a lot of gravity to the story, and Oldman and Thomas (two performers who seldom fail to impress) are a joy watch. But, as a whole, the film feels less like a character study and more like a flat, loosely-tied compilation of Churchill's greatest speeches and quips. It's a hollow piece of awards bait (with Wright's characteristic style-over-substance direction) that could have been so much more.
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.