Darkest Hour (2017) is a British biographical war drama, directed by Joe Wright (45) who is known for his Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Hanna (2011) and Anna Karenina (2012). I liked his direction of Darkest Hour. His is the hand of a master. The screenplay is written by Anthony McCarten (56), a New Zealander best known for his script of The Theory of Everything (2014). I loved the subtle touches of British humour that lightened the grimness of the situation facing Churchill and the British people. Both Churchill and the Brits had a sense of humour, even in such dire times. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel (60) reflects the gloom that shrouded Britain, faced with invasion by the Nazis. The music by Dario Marianelli (54) is highly original, and appropriate. Altogether, Darkest Hour is the production of highly experienced professionals.
Gary Oldman (59) as Sir Winston Churchill is outstanding. He is an award-winning British actor and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. This shows in his acting. His performance as Churchill may win the Oscar for Best Actor. I can’t think of any other actor who has come up to this standard this year. Kristin Scott Thomas (57) as Clementine Churchill is excellent, as are all the rest of the cast in their parts.... [Read More]