In 1940 World War II, the Nazis were taking over Europe and about to capture France. At this point, England was losing faith in their Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and he eventually resigns. When his successor declines the position, England turns to their next option, whom no one had faith in, Winston Churchill. He then has to make the difficult choice of whether to continue the war against Germany or negotiate peace with Hitler.
Gary Oldman undoubtedly gives one of the best performances of a historical figure of all time. Credit must be given to Oldman himself for completely enveloping Churchill down to his accent, speech patterns, and even small mannerisms. However, the makeup team deserves immense praise for their difficult task of physically transforming Oldman into Churchill. They perfected his look to where I never noticed the prosthetics, even in the close-up shots.
Gary Oldman could have overdone the acting, instead, he gives a believable performance that will be remembered as one of the best in years to come. The combination of the masterful performance and the impeccable prosthetics made Oldman unrecognizable as Churchill. You never see Gary Oldman, all you see is Winston Churchill.
The supporting cast is fantastic and elevates the film, some of which giving context to Churchill’s personal life. Kristen Scott Thomas is a standout as Clementine Churchill, and Ben Mendelsohn was surprisingly fit for the role of King George. Lily James was competent as Churchill’s secretary, but despite some great moments, the script struggles to find a use for her character for the majority of the film.
This film is incredibly interesting if you want to know more about how Churchill came into power and how much support he had from his party. The writers didn’t over glorify Churchill, they gave insight into why he didn’t have support from many people, even his own party. He also has an interesting relationship with King George, which was one of my favorite parts of the movie.
Churchill has to consult with the British Parliament throughout the movie, and this prompts long dialogue sequences. Much like Lincoln, the lead performance and the directing cause these scenes to be tense and engaging when they could fall flat and become dull. The movie is also very funny, there are some funny jokes scattered throughout that add to the film’s accessibility and enjoyment.
One of the main points of the movie is as a deeper look into Operation Dynamo, otherwise known as the Dunkirk Evacuation, recently told in Dunkirk. Darkest Hour goes into depth about what decisions were made to reach that point, and how important that event was to England in the war.
While he film was wholy intriguing and entertaining to me, I would understand if some people find it boring if they aren’t interested in the subject matter. If you want to know more about what I described above, you will probably really like this movie as I did, but if this isn’t your cup of tea it might drag in many scenes.
Darkest Hour is worth watching for the lead performance alone, and the compelling story makes me reccomend it that much more. It is a great character piece about Winston Churchill, while being an enthralling historical film. Make sure to catch this before Oscars because Gary Oldman is a lock for the Best Actor awards.
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Now that 2017 is over, we can look forward to the movies releasing in 2018. There are a lot of movies to look forward to, and some that we don’t know about yet, but might end up being great. Here are my top 20 most anticipated movies of 2017 in release order.
Black Panther – February 16th
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther was one of the best parts of Captain America: Civil War, so naturally, I’m excited to see him in a solo film. The trailers look fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the world of Wakanda. Ryan Coogler (Creed) is directing which makes this movie look like it could be one of Marvel’s best.
Tomb Raider – March 16th
I won’t lie, the trailers don’t look great for this movie, but it at least seems enjoyable. I’m a huge fan of the new Tomb Raider games, I’ve always thought they would make a good movie. I’m also a fan of Alicia Vikander, so hopefully, her performance can save the movie even if the story isn’t great. This could be a great, fun popcorn movie that you can go and have a good time at, similar to Kong: Skull Island from last year.
Ready Player One – March 30th
Steven Speilberg’s next film is set in a fantastical virtual world, and visually it looks stunning. I can’t wait to explore this world and also see all of the references they’ve shown in the trailers. I haven’t read the book yet, but the story still seems like a lot of fun. Also, this movie could be a great “video game” movie that’s not based on an actual game.
A Quiet Place – April 6th
After seeing Get Out, I know that comedians can make great horror movies. A Quiet Place is John Krasinski’s directorial debut, and the premise alone has me intrigued. John Krasinski’s character’s family lives in a house in the woods, and if they make any noise, they attract strange creatures. Previously, I haven’t been the biggest fan of horror movies, but after last year with Split, It, and Get Out, I’m paying much more attention to horror.
The New Mutants – April 13th
Fox has shown that they are willing to take risks in their Marvel movies with Deadpool, and Logan, and next, they’re going full horror with The New Mutants. I’m just really interested to see a comic book horror film. If Fox hadn’t been successful with their last few movies, I would be a little nervous, but I have full faith in them to bring another great X-Men movie.
Avengers: Infinity War – May 4th
If I were ranking this list, this movie would be at the number one spot. This movie will have pretty much every MCU character to date. Anthony and Joe Russo are arguably the best directors in the MCU, and they are great choices to helm the finale to this 10-year story. The trailer looks like an epic Avengers movie with possibly one of the better Marvel villains in Thanos.
Solo: A Star Wars Story – May 25th
It’s a Star Wars movie, so it has to be on the list. Even though Han Solo’s backstory doesn’t need to be explained, Ron Howard as the director is promising. Also, recent comments about it being a gangster film are very intriguing. Let’s hope that this movie turns out great, and the controversy about the production is forgotten.
Deadpool 2 – June 1st
Deadpool was one of the most surprising comic book movies of all time, and I’m very excited for the sequel. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool, and that shows in the first movie. Hopefully, the ad campaign for this movie is just as good as the last one, and the Bob Ross teaser hints at that
Incredibles 2 – June 15th
The first Incredibles is one of the best animated movies of all time and after 14 years many people, including me, still want to see a second one. Pixar can keep up a streak after Coco if this one is great. It’ll be interesting to see the Incredibles possible grown up, and also to see Jack-Jack with powers.
Sicario 2: Soldado – June 29th
Sicario was one of the best movies of 2015, and it probably didn’t need a sequel; however, the trailer for Soldado made me legitimately excited to see it. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro were some of the best parts of the first film, and it’s a great idea to make them the leads. Denis Villeneuve isn’t coming back to direct, but the trailer still looks amazing visually and Taylor Sheridan is coming back to write the script.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6th
Ant-Man is one of the best MCU movies to date, and definitely one of the most surprising ones. Evangeline Lily was great as Wasp, it’ll be great to see her character team-up with Ant-Man. Peyton Reed is coming back to direct, and the MCU has been on a roll lately, so this movie is shaping out to be pretty great.
Mission: Impossible 6 – July 27th
The Mission: Impossible franchise has been a lot of fun lately. Tom Cruise puts his all into the role of Ethan Hunt, which prevents the series from overstaying its welcome. Christopher McQuarrie is returning from Rogue Nation to helm, and I’m sure he has another big stunt planned for Tom Cruise to tackle.
The Predator – August 3rd
I was nervous when a Predator reboot was announced, but when Shane Black was chosen to direct, I was much more interested to see it. The cast looks great, and the movie could be a lot of fun.
First Man – October 12th
Damien Chazelle is one of the best new directors, and his next film will be about Neil Armstrong. Chazelle is directing Ryan Gosling in the lead role again afterLa La Land along with a great cast. Anything involving these two has the potential to be amazing, and after seeing Damien Chazelle’s past work I can’t but look forward to his next project.
X-Men Dark Phoenix – November 2nd
This is the seventh X-Men movie and will be the thirteenth of the entire franchise. Simon Kinberg, who’s produced and written many of the X-Men films, is making his directorial debut with the movie. I’m at least curious to see what this turns out to be. The fact that this is the first film he’s directed is scary, but Fox has been saying this will be a darker, more serious X-Men movie, so I want to see their second take on the Dark Phoenix Saga.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – November 16th
Harry Potter is one of the most beloved franchises of all time, so when Warner Bros. brought it back in the movies, fans, including me, got excited. Fantastic Beastsand Where to Find Them was really enjoyable and a great introduction to another part of the Wizarding World. Hopefully, this movie will expand the universe, and add another great film to the Harry Potter series.
Creed 2 – November 21th
Creed was one of my favorite movies of 2015, and I desperately wanted a sequel to it. Though Ryan Coogler can’t direct this one, Sylvester Stallone will be heavily involved with this movie, and many Instagram posts by Stallone suggest that Dolph Lundgren may return to reprise his role as Ivan Drago. Michael B. Jordan is great as Adnois Creed, and I’m excited to see his story continued.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 – November 21st
Wreck it Ralph is one of my favorite Disney movies, and the sequel has a great premise. The first movie had many references to video game characters, and this one will have references to websites on the internet. The first movie was great, and Disney seems to have a great sequel in the works.
Aquaman – December 21st
Say what you will about Justice League, but Jason Momoa was one of the best parts of that movie as Aquaman. James Wan is coming in to direct, and his horror experience could bring some interesting aspects to the movie. Wonder Woman was great, and Justice League was a lot of fun, so here’s hoping that DC can keep changing the narrative with Aquaman.
Bumblebee: The Movie – December 21st
The Transformers franchise is one of the worst franchises of all time. I’ve only seen one of them (it was horrible), but many people say they aren’t good movies. I’m very curious and this movie because Travis Knight is directing, and he directed Kubo and the Two Strings, my favorite animated movie of last year. Also, Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena are starring, and they are two great actors. This movie is very interesting, it could be the first good Transformers movie.
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