Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Ronald Pickup, and more.
With Oscars season upon us, it is time for my string of Oscar Best Picture nominee reviews! As most of you may know, I am a big fan of the Oscars. I was insanely excited for the nominations announcement day and now here we are with my first post. I have a number of reviews already made for the Best Picture nominees, but as always, I did not have everything out beforehand.
So to begin, we have Best Picture nominee, “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Let us get Oberrated, shall we?
“During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.”
“Darkest Hour” was an okay watch. Spearheaded by an immaculate performance by Gary Oldman, I found myself fascinated by his portrayal of Wintston Churchill. However, that is mostly where it ends for me. I simply just am not a fan of this kind of material in a film. It primarily is a slow drawn biographical drama. With sporadic points of dry and sarcastic humor plus a few “Hip hooray” well done speeches here and there, I struggle to stand by this film as a highly regarded film. Maybe just because of the genre and material from my perspective but I do not know. I find myself reaching at this moment to give any more glowing points to review or actual negative points to speak on.
Besides “Get Out”, “Dunkirk”, and “Lady Bird”, I must say I started out these nominations on somewhat of the disappointing side. I feel “Darkest Hour” is simply in its place due to the stellar performance of Gary Oldman but that should only push a film so far in regards to Oscar contention. I have plenty of films in mind that should be in place of “Darkest Hour” (COUGH ‘LOGAN’). An average outing for “Darkest Hour” highlighted by one great performance. If you are fan of the genre and simply are a fan of slow dramas, then I guess this film is for you. For me, Oldman barely places this film above average.