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The middle (ominous map of enemy occupancy) & end (Churchill's muse to historical fame - the people) were most interesting for me. Enjoyed the Bonus material. Need a way to portray historical events in a more engaging & entertaining way without rapping.
I loved this movie! Unbelievable how Gary Oldman seemed to actually become Winston Churchill. Stellar performance! A trusted source who actually knew Churchill and everything surrounding him says that this movie is marvelously accurate. A must see! If you don't like Churchill, if you don't think he was a great and important man, then you might not care for this movie.
Gary Oldman is magnificent as Winston Churchill. He completely disappears into the part and if I didn't already know it was Gary Oldman, I'd never be able to guess. The movie is not a paint-by-numbers biopic, plodding dutifully through the highlights of someone's life, but instead takes place only over about a month or so in 1940, when things were not going well for the allies during World War II and difficult decisions had to be made. Oldman is completely mesmerizing to watch. For me the greatest strength of the film is showing how agonizing and difficult it can be to be the person at the top who has to make the final decisions in terrible times, knowing that people's lives are at stake.
Wonderfully rousing speeches especially in the subway Underground and outer Cabinet gathering scenes.
Gary Oldman: an example of a rare character actor who is also an A-list star.
IF this movie had been made in, say, 1944, they would have called it "Propaganda." But, it was made in the 2nd decade of the 21st century, so instead, we prefer to call it "revisionist history." (More on this in a moment), but I prefer to call it historical fiction. Because there's a LOT of fiction blended with the history.
More to the point--from a motion picture perspective: does it work? Wow: does it! Oldman received a worthy Oscar (so did those who created his visual appearance) and it packs an emotional punch, especially for anyone whose parents fought in this war, as mine did.
Revisionist? Oh, sure. I knew it the moment I heard Oldman shout the "Will fight them on the beaches..." speech. But Churchill's actual subdued and understated oratory--I've heard the originals many times--doesn't play well today, and regardless of those who say Oldman "captured" Churchill utterings--he doesn't. This is history for the gen X and Y generations, so it's got to be big and bold. Oh, yes, and there has to be what appears to be an African-American in the "tube" train--with an obvious white woman as companion. Ridiculous for the time and place. (South African, maybe, but I doubt even that.)
The message comes through loud and clear, and the fact that we're there to hear it 75 years after the fact makes no difference at all--It's timeless: Stand up to bullies, no matter where they strut: Berlin, Moscow, Riyadh, Istanbul ...or Washington D.C.
Excellent story about an important English leader, inspiring performances and especially for Churchill. Everything felt just right but there was a time when a young woman and Churchill got into a heated moment with honest talk about loved ones dying that was stellar. Current leaders ought to recognize this was depiction of courage and how it rings true today.
the transformation of a moment in history into a veritable legend, an extraordinary film, with admirable performances throughout, and production values - the scene in the subway is utterly transcendental, watch for it, the quotation is from Thomas Babington Macaulay's "Horatius"
You won't even recognize Gary Oldman. If you love films about WWII but you're tired of explosions, try this.
Great performance by Oldman- makes it worth a viewing but the film is completely what you expect it to be. A pretty standard trope of outsider weirdness and vibrato drunk rises to power and does the thing he is remembered for with the help of his 2-dimensional supporters who are mostly women who know better. It was fine. More of a Saturday matinee play with good lighting than a groundbreaking look at a familiar historical icon.
Riveting film that will appeal to history buffs, anyone interested in power dynamics in government, and finally, the incredible risks that great leaders take. Acting is outstanding - Kristin Scott Thomas is unrecognizable as Clemmy, Winston Churchill's wife, and Gary Oldman masters the role of this unforgettable prime minister.
There's no shortage of movies and TV shows on Churchill but this is one of the best. How Oldman got to look and sound so much like the man is amazing. From everything I've read on this period of history and heard first hand from people who lived through it, the portrayal of all characters is pretty close to fact. What comes across in spades is Churchill's enormous strength of will and self-belief in the face of huge odds, both within his own parliamentary circle and from his sworn enemies abroad. A man who well knew disappointment, failure and the scorn of others but persisted on his course and pulled Britain, arguably the rest of the world too, from the brink of disaster. Fascinating history doesn't always make for good cinema, but here it does.
Interesting to focus on "the prime minister" as an middle age person getting appointed the work of the war master. Though for A short time his work in detail of his typist changed Europe & Hitler's war. The ups & down is quite capturing for the viewer, very good orator; just like Caesar for ROMAN Empire.
worth four stars
A good story, very dramatic. How much of it is a true and accurate representation, I don't know. In any case, inspiring.
Very good film. Gary Oldman's transformation was astonishing. Whole cast wonderful as well as the production. Highly recommend.
Wasn't Churchill kinda a racist? Like against pretty much all Indians?
Pretty good Churchill impersonation. A hair more Boris Karloff in the voice might have helped. The villains Chamberlain and Halifax consult political interests before patriotism, which I thought made good drama. I read that the real Chamberlain failed to prepare for war and believed he could negotiate with Germany (at Munich) because “Hitler’s going to attack the Bolshies. It says so in his book. That won’t break our hearts.” If he was dealing with a reasonable human being this might even have been a fair assumption. Perhaps “Darkest Hour” was unfair to old Neville. Oh well.
Although I have read many books about WC, this film did teach me a couple of new facts. Well made; well acted. I still wonder how one person could ingest so much alcohol.
Gary Oldman gives a good performance as Sir Winston Churchill, but my favourite Churchill remains Albert Finney.
Gary Oldman drives this film; perhaps because it goes over well-known territory that I couldn't give it another star. Has some interesting insights into Churchill's personality, how close he himself came to agreeing with the "appeasement wing" of Parliament, the sacrifice of the Calais regiment to save the larger Dunkirk forces, and his marriage/partnership.
Excellent movie which left me wanting to see more of what happened following Dunkirk and leading up to D-Day. Much better than the movie Dunkirk.