After his missteps with Pan and Anna Karenina, one of my favorite directors, Joe Wright is back in form with the historical drama Darkest Hour.
It’s the story of Winston Churchill’s rise to power as Prime Minister of England during the early days of World War II. Gary Oldman superbly portrays Churchill and is almost sure to nab an Academy Award nomination for his work.
Lily James as his aide and Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife back Oldman up, admirably.
Writer Anthony McCarten’s script brings out all the drama of the uphill battle Churchill faced against those who wanted to appease or surrender to Hitler.
Darkest Hour is an excellently conceived and produced testament to a story every person born after World War II should know. I give it a 4.3 out of 5.