Tuesday, 16 January 2018
In May 1940, the British parliament is in turmoil. The Opposition Labor Party is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Chamberlain before joining with the Conservatives in a War Cabinet to deal with menace posed by the German Chancellor Hitler. Winston Churchill is called upon to take over as Prime Minister.
'Darkest Hour' focuses on that month and the tensions between the Hawkish Churchill and those Establishment identities who prefer to sue for peace. The film is an opportunity for an Actors' masterclass with Gary Oldman magnificent as Churchill amongst a powerful British cast. One Aussie, Ben Mendelsohn, matches the film's standard in the key role of King George VI.