Darkest Hour (2017) Rated PG-13

It’s the year 1940, and Winston Churchill becomes the British Prime Minister. During his first few weeks in office, he must decide whether or not he will negotiate with Adolf Hitler. Starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Unlike American cinema, British cinema has a knack for telling historical stories. They can relay the fact’s of the story without contriving a bias. This film is brilliantly done, and the cinematography is beautiful. Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill is wonderful; he transforms the character. The film covers the first few weeks of Churchill having become the British Prime Minister during a time of war. The filmmakers just tell the facts of the story, but they do it so that it’s intriguing and holds your interest. They don’t poke fun at Churchill nor do they promote what he did as right or wrong. They just tell the story. American filmmakers could take a cue from the British, who are spot on with their representation of historical events. This film is worth a watch.



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