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Movie Review: Darkest Hour (2017) “We Shall Never Surrender”

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman’s performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour has been hailed for months as the best of his career.  He’s been all but assured of his first Oscar (though now that Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring, who knows?).  Is the performance as good as the hype?  Yes.  Oldman disappears into the dogged British Prime Minister and is riveting to watch.  Unfortunately, similar to Denzel Washington’s excellent performance in Roman J. Israel Esq. this is a case where the performance is much better than the movie in which it takes place. Continue reading Movie Review: Darkest Hour (2017) “We Shall Never Surrender”

Darkest Hour Trailer #2 (2017) “We Shall Never Surrender”

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Gary Oldman is considered right now to be the front runner for Best Actor, which is saying something since his movie doesn’t even open for two months.  The second trailer for The Darkest Hour could be mistaken for a trailer for Dunkirk as it borrows not only the ticking watch motif that defined Hans Zimmer’s score for that film, but centers wholly around the event itself.  Dunkirk was a huge event in Churchill’s reign as wartime prime minister and for the British people, so it only makes sense that it’s part of the film, but this trailer almost makes Darkest Hour seem like a Dunkirk spin-off.  With Oldman, the supporting cast of the film includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn. Darkest Hour will be released on November 22, 2017.
The Darkest Hour Poster

Darkest Hour Trailer #1 (2017) “Never, Never Surrender!”

 

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

The supporting cast of the film includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn. Darkest Hour will be released on November 22, 2017.
Darkest Hour Poster

Trailer Time: The Crown Season 1 Trailer #1 (Netflix – 2016)

What does $156 million dollars for 10 episodes of TV look like?  Well The Crown, Netflix’s next big series, throws every penny on the screen for a new ongoing series about the rise of and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.  I’m guessing that season one is mostly about the rise, despite what the trailer makes it appear, because Claire Foy, who is playing QEII, only appears in two of the 10 episodes for season one.  Not many big names other than John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Jared Harris as King George VI.

Queen Elizabeth II, for most of the world, is the only British monarch we’ve ever known. She has ruled since 1952; 65 years on the throne.  The Queen, who turned 90 earlier this year,  is the longest-reigning ruler in the history of the British Monarchy.  She surpassed her grandmother, Queen Victoria, late last year.  Her family has been explored on the big screen before.  Her father’s brief reign won a best picture for The King’s Speech, and Helen Mirren has won an Oscar for playing Elizabeth II in The Queen.  There’s so much history and over such a tumultuous period of change, that this could really be fascinating.  With House of Cards ending next year, Netflix is looking for a new flagship program aside from the Marvel shows and this could be it.  The first 10 episodes will premiere on November 4, 2016.
Claire Foy, The Crown