Darkest Hour

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]

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What did you think of “The Shape of Water”?

The Shape of Water (2017) is a dark fantasy, drama film. Having seen Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) directed by Guillermo del Toro (53), I had to see this film. It did not disappoint.  The direction is that of a master. The screenplay is written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Perhaps it is because it is written by a man and a women working in collaboration, the screenplay is balanced and excellent.... [Read More]

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Did you enjoy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) is written, produced and directed by Martin McDonagh (47). It is ranked as a black comedy, crime film.

Born in England of Irish parents, McDonagh has a full career of writing plays and films. He won an Academy Award for his first short film, Six Shooter (2004), and was nominated in the Oscars (2009) for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges. His work has matured, and he has become a master of the craft and art of creating a film. This film is the best film I have ever seen. The direction and screenplay are beyond criticism.... [Read More]

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