MOVIE REVIEW: #GaryOldman offers a magnificent, incredible, Oscar-worthy performance in #DarkestHour . It is certainly our favorite "Best Actor-worthy" performance of 2017 and we think he should win the statue this March. Despite what others have said about this film, we were blown away by it in a way we were not expecting. To us, it is a remarkable piece of cinema. We remained gripped and wholly engaged throughout its runtime as director #JoeWright and writer Anthony McCarten have found a way to make WWII, a subject that has been written and filmed about for decades, feel fresh and interesting. We felt massive amounts of supportive emotion and were roused by Churchill's speeches as if we were citizens of the UK during WWII being called to rise up against Nazism. This fantastic movie is certainly worth of your time, even if you're not a history buff. Sure, it's Oscar-baity, but who cares? We have seen many awards-baity films this year and every year. Several have missed their mark for us and others have been utter letdowns. This, however, is not one of them. Our rating: 9/10! #moviereview#lololovesfilms#cinephile#cinephilecommunity#BenMendelsohn#KristinScottThomas#LilyJames#StephenDillane#WWII#biopic
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O filme O destino de uma nação se passa durante a 2a Guerra Mundial, na Inglaterra, com a Alemanha cercando cada vez mais os britânicos e os franceses.
Quem já viu o filme Dunkirk, acompanhou parte desta história (e foi ótimo). O filme atual se passa um pouquinho antes do mesmo evento.
Daí vocês podem pensar que será uma perda de tempo vê-lo. Mas não é. Acreditem: é uma parte decisiva da história.
Sem falar que o Gary Oldman, como Winston Churchill, está muito bem!
O destino de uma nação também é o último filme de John Hurt.
Darkest Hour (2018) dir. Joe Wright - 3/5 - FILM REVIEW - Final Part
For instance: the restriction of provisions during the 1943 Bengal famine, which was still under British rule; well-documented bigotry about Indian people during the 1940's "I hate Indians....They are a beastly people with a beastly religion" as well as other comments regarding his boasting and killing of Sudanese insurgents and comments on Palestinians; even his comments regarding the conquests and massacres of natives of people of other countries "I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place." I think it's important to balance the portrayal of those who are considered great heroes and leaders with their shortcomings and their flaws and the more controversial non-media friendly image, when it comes to film-portrayals in the media. Moreso where audiences are not blinded by idealistic notions of who our idols actually are behind the scenes and behind closed doors, in a time where media representations are highly problematic and dangerously misleading. Point being: you have to flesh out the idealistic portrayals of historical figures, warts and all. Darkest Hour doesn't do this and it's something that played on my mind throughout the film.
A good film with a terrific leading performance from Gary Oldman, even if the film itself is meandering and drawn out in some moments with some problematic writing from Anthony McCarten. Worth a watch.
Darkest Hour (2018) dir. Joe Wright - 3/5 - FILM REVIEW - Part 3
As a whole, the film is meandering at times. The focus and writing sort of dips in and out of being a compelling portrait of Churchill in a dramatic sense. When it comes to the state of government and the disillusionment of parliament at that time, it feels a lot less compelling and underwhelming. The more historical and social moments don't get given more exposition. Perhaps knowing more about British history during this time may have helped the film to be more effective, but it still felt that these moments of real-history weren't organically weaved into the film. Oldman's performance overshadows the film's more historical and social moments, and whenever he isn't on-screen the film just doesn't manage to give historical exposition more attention or a tighter focus.
Also, Churchill's depiction here - whilst a great performance by Oldman - doesn't focus on some of his shortcomings in terms of international policy when it came to the British Empire, his own personal views on foreign nations, and specifically some of his political tactics and policies concerning Indian Independence. This is more of a personal point for me being of Indian descent.
I get that the focus of this film is more about Churchill's problematic assuming of power in Parliament, the challenges he faced internally within his own cabinet and the party-politics that wanted peace with the Nazi regime versus his 'never surrender' policy. After all, he did lead Britain on the road to victory during World War 2. However, this is more of an ideologically simplistic and sound portrayal, whereas in actual fact a lot of criticism can be thrown at Churchill's somewhat far-right policies and attitudes prior to war-time Britain and during war-time when it came to the question of Indian independence.
Darkest Hour (2018) dir. Joe Wright - 3/5 - FILM REVIEW - Part 2
Oldman embodies the sort of reckless and straight-forward leadership that made possible victory in the country's darkest hours, when the Nazi army were making their advances over Europe, driving the allies towards the sea to the beaches of Dunkirk. Oldman is fantastic and electrifies this film ten-fold, and it's not entirely without humour either. Ben Mendelsohn has a memorable turn once again playing King George VI, and has some great moments with Oldman.
The set design and costume design are fantastic as well. It all feels appropriately rustic, and you can feel the sort of dust and the air of what 1940's Britain looks like. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel really strengthens this. You might recognise Delbonnel's work in recent years in some of Tim Burton's films: Dark Shadows (2012), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016); and even Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). But it's his work in The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is where his signature sort of dreamy style adds to the historical depth of some scenes. The film has a tea-stained sort of dusty air that makes the whole film feels lived-in.
It's interesting that the roles that Oldman, Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas all play, have been played in recent years by other actors in other film. Yet, Darkest Hour feels a bit more personal in some respect when the films focuses on Oldman as Churchill. Which leads onto some of the problems I had.
Darkest Hour (2018) dir. Joe Wright - 3/5 - FILM REVIEW - Part 1
Gary Oldman is completely towering in his performance as Winston Churchill. A dramatically electrifying performance that overshadows - for better or worse (mostly better) - a film that loses some semblance of balancing real history, with the personal life and accomplishments of Churchill as a leader during war-time.
Oldman has always been an interesting actor when it comes to his performances in a variety of films. He really is a chameleon who has given and continues to give truly surprising performances. I was surprised when he was going to be playing George Smiley in the fantastic 2011 film: Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. It was an altogether different (sustained perhaps?) performance, that showed that as an actor, Oldman has the ability to surprise audiences. So when I heard and seen the first picture of him as Churchill, I was immediately interested in whether he could embody both the physicality and acting performance.
In Darkest Hour, Oldman delivers a tremendously vivid performance. Still able to deliver emotionally larger-than-life theatrical performances, he gives his unique stamp in playing Churchill. It's amazing that he still show signs of that versatility and inner rebellious and in-your-face attitude, akin to his performance as Sid Vicious back in 1986 in Sid and Nancy; and weirdly it suits his depiction of Churchill. Churchill was probably not the leader that Parliament had wanted back then, but he was the one the country needed at the time.
REVIEW IN CAPTION 👇
In one sentence
It's 1940, World War II breaks and Hitler threatens to command Western Europe, meanwhile in England, Winston Churchill takes office and must decide whether to negotiate with the Nazis or carry on the struggle.
Why you should watch it
Don’t come looking for Gary Oldman as you won’t find him - he’s disappeared into the role of Churchill, and the film is at it's best whenever he’s on screen thanks to what is an awe-inducing performance.
Why you shouldn’t •
The need for Churchill to be the man of the hour means that no other character is written with enough bite to contradict his ideas, the story is always bending to the PM's will, and the only dramatic tension lies in how loud he can get Parliament to applaud him. •
Who needs to see it
The constant hand-holding of the narrative means that even the slowest on the uptake should be able to follow; that family member who never stops asking what’s going on might finally shut up.
• (Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Ronald Pickup, David Schofield)
Photo credit: Jack English / Focus Features
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"O que é o fim? O fim nada mais é do que a destruição de tudo." —— O DESTINO DE UMA NAÇÃO , de #JoeWrigth ( #DarkestHour , Reino Unido/2017 ) —— "O que eu serei depois que tudo isso chegar ao fim? " —— CHURCHILL , de #JonathanTeplitzky ( #Churchill , Reino Unido/2017 ) ——
"El instante más oscuro" de Joe Wright con un inmenso Gary Oldman interpretando a Winston Churchill en un episodio importante de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Lean la crítica pinchando en el enlace del blog en bio.
✨✨✨”He mobilised the English language, and sent it into battle.” Wrote Edward Murrow, later quoted by President Kennedy - not Lord Halifax - but, details. (Though, while we’re on details, I’m also pretty certain that Stubbs’s Whistlejacket has never hung at Buckingham Palace. Even if it did look lovely there.) It is not a perfect film, historically or otherwise, but it is riveting and gloriously verbose and #GaryOldman is brilliant as Churchill, #KristinScottThomas utterly compelling as #ClementineChurchill (I only wish there was more of her), #LilyJames as adorable as ever, #BenMendelsohn very good as the King and #RonaldPickup heartbreaking as #NevilleChamberlain .... #JoeWright ’s #DarkestHour ..... rather a good companion piece to #Dunkirk , which I still think should have won Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes (though I haven’t yet seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) ✨✨✨
From the trailer and the posters, I only thought about one thing: "it looks like an Oscar bait movie, am I really going to waste my time on it?" But than I thought about it again and I told to myself: "but it's Meryl Streep and Tom hanks in a Spielberg movie, there is no way that I am going to miss it." And after seeing the movie... YEP it's definitely an Oscar bait movie and like any other Oscar bait movie, some scenes can drag a bit and it can enter the kitsch zone especially the last minutes of the movie that seems that they just went nowhere and they could have easily cut the last ten minutes, but like any other Oscar bait movie I can't ignore the fact that it is still an effective and soiled drama, Spielberg like always knows how to directed a scene and keep his audience thrilled and care about the characters and you all probably know that the acting here is phenomenal, Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep even if she reads a phone book she will get an Oscar nomination but the one for me that stole the show is Tom hanks delivering some good lines that actually made me giggle and I just hope that the academy won't Ignore Hanks again, he is worthy of an Oscar nomination and surprise, surprise I wasn't expecting to see Alison Brie finally showing her acting chops, not a masterpiece in anyway but totally watchable, next stop "ready player one."
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6th film of the year...Darkest Hour. ✌🏻 Brilliant! It really does show just how close the war was at certain points, the inner workings of the UK government during the early days of Churchill as Prime Minister, a great film to watch alongside Dunkirk to see the other side of what was happening during the rescue operation!
I'm sure Gary Oldman will be walking away with the Oscar...
Nunca se renda. ✌ Numa época em q alguns ignoram a história, é bom ter um filme p/ relembrar q lutar é a única opção.
@Regranned from @rodigolaz - #ODestinoDeUmaNação - #DarkestHour . #GaryOldman é Winston Churchill em um dos momentos mais tensos da história: a 2ª Guerra Mundial. Ainda com #BenMendelsohn , #LilyJames , #JohnHurt , #KristinScottThomas e #RichardLumsden . Direção de Joe Wright (Peter Pan, Anna Karenina) e com roteiro de Anthony McCarten (A Teoria de Tudo). Estréia em Janeiro de 2018 no Brasil. Sinopse:
A trama aborda os dias seguintes a posse de Churchill como primeiro ministro em 1940. Com a Grã-Bretanha à beira da derrota Churchill sofria pressão para fazer um acordo com Adolf Hitler, mas resistiu à pressão. O longa aborda suas decisões e ações, mostrando os discursos que ficaram marcados na história da humanidade. - #regrann
El instante más oscuro. Drama ambientado en 1940, cuando Winston Churchill 🇬🇧, se convierte en primer ministro británico en un momento realmente crucial de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, ya que los nazis avanzan imparables conquistando prácticamente la totalidad del continente europeo y amenazando con una invasión a Inglaterra. Churchill debe entonces explorar la posibilidad de un tratado de paz con Alemania, o ser fiel a sus ideales y luchar por la liberación de Europa.
🏆@goldenglobes Mejor actor drama (Gary Oldman)
🏆🏆@criticschoice Mejor actor y Mejor maquillaje
Darkest Hour. Drama set in 1940, when Winston Churchill, becomes British Prime Minister at a really crucial moment of WWII, as the Nazis advance unstoppable conquering the European continent and threatening with an invasion of England. Churchill must then explore the possibility of a peace treaty with Germany, or be faithful to his ideals and fight for the liberation of Europe.
🎉Golden Globes Best drama actor (Gary Oldman)
🎉🎉Critics Choice Best actor and Best Hair and Makeup
När den äldste brodern, det svarta fåret, kommer hem och river upp såren från det förflutna får det ödesdigra konsekvenser.
Den här serien är mörk, full av hemligheter och kriser i en idyllisk omgivning i Florida Keys.
I första säsongen antyds det i fragment det förflutna och konsekvenserna det leder fram till i framtiden. Mycket välgjort. Det är långsamt tempo vilket ger en verklighetskänsla och jag kan gilla det i filmer och serier om det görs rätt och inte blir tråkigt vilket jag aldrig kände att det blev någonsin i serien. Kunde bli lite märkligt ibland, speciellt i tredje säsongen, men ville alltid veta vad som skulle hända den dysfunktionella familjen Rayburn och människorna omkring dem. Det är en originell historia hela vägen.
Första säsongen är guld. Även om andra och tredje säsongen är tunna är jag glad att fått se starka känslosamma skådespelar insatser i två säsonger till. .
Det handlar alltid om smak, men det är en av de bästa serierna jag sett. Nyanserad, och tycker helt klart är värd att hålla fast vid om så bara för de fantastiska skådisarnas skull.
Mycket nöje! ☺
When the oldest brother, the black sheep, comes home and tear up wounds from the past it develop into disastrous consequences. .
This series is dark, full of secrets and crisis in a idyllic surrounding in Florida Keys.
The first season indicates in fragments the past and the consequences it lead up to in the future. Very well done. It is slow pace which give a sense of reality and i like that in movies and shows if it is done right and don't become boring which i never felt it became ever in the series. It maybe became a little strange at times, specially in the third season, but I always wanted to know what would happen to the dysfuncional Rayburn family and the people around them. It's an original story all the way.
First season is gold. Even if second and third season are thin im glad to see strong emotional acting achievements for two more seasons. It's always about taste. But it is one of the best shows I've seen. Nuanced, and i think most defently worth holding on to if so just only for the actors.
Resulta cuanto menos extraño ver que alguien tan meticuloso y preciso a la hora de dirigir, quien aquí lo demuestra de nuevo con exquisitos travellings, planos secuencia y demás técnicas que fascinan al espectador, haya descuidado en gran manera el guión de su último film, una obra irregular salvada por su destacable nivel técnico e interpretativo, pero que cuando requiere profundidad narrativa y empatía para sentenciar de manera contundente su historia se torna sorprendente maniquea, incapaz de transmitir los mensajes que tanto rebusca, ideas construidas extremadamente bien pero fallidas en su ejecución durante el marcado segundo tramo de la historia. Publicitada y llamativa por la excelente caracterización de Gary Oldman - y una bastante acertada Kristin Scott Thomas que no se queda lejos -, la cual calificaría de académica en exceso y grandilocuente, cuyo maquillaje realiza gran parte de un trabajo correcto aún ordinario, que no requiere mucho más allá de lo que es necesario en cualquier otro papel, como por ejemplo el que está a cargo de Ben Mendelsohn, quien cumple en las escasas escenas donde aparece, así como Lily James, el mayor contrapunto femenino de una historia que intenta mostrar a las mujeres de forma relevante dentro de la vida de Churchill y termina por olvidarlas al poco tiempo, dejándolas a un lado para remarcar su forzado discurso. La hora inicial del conjunto es, sin duda alguna, extraordinaria, donde se combina el preciosista y delicado diseño de producción, una magnífica fotografía reminiscente a las pinturas de Velázquez en los claroscuros utilizados como metáfora de la época y el personaje central, así como la conocida habilidad para el manejo de la cámara de Joe Wright, capaz de concatenar numerosas secuencias de elegancia admirable sin errar en ningún momento, componiendo un superlativo inicio que deslumbra hasta que se alcanza el mencionado ecuador del film. [CONTINÚA EN COMENTARIOS]
REVIEW || Our review for @darkesthour is now live - in many ways this film could be part of a fantastic trifecta of British war films that includes Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech.
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Darkest Hour Review
Darkest Hour is about the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. The film had me gripped the whole way through. Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill was nothing less then outstanding, I can see why he won the Golden Globe and should be nominated maybe even win an Oscar for his role! As for the rest of the cast, everyone put in a stellar performance. The 1940’s setting looks brilliant and the whole vibe of the film feels right! This film is history lesson that you need to see and I’m giving the film a 8.5/10 #darkesthour#review#winstonchurchill#worldwar2#garyoldman#lilyjames#kristinscottthomas#benmendelsohn#cinema#movie#film
"Ele mobilizou a língua inglesa e a mandou para a batalha." A frase proferida nos momentos finais do longa, podem resumir fielmente o teor de ode ao poder de oratória do imponente Winston Churchill que permeia a narrativa.
Em meio aos eventos da Segunda Guerra Mundial, a ilha vive o caos instaurado pelos avanços da Alemanha que encurralou as tropas inglesas na praia de Dunquerque. A trama se inicia com o controverso e desacreditado Winston Churchill assumindo o posto de primeiro ministro da coroa britânica. Em contraponto a obra de Christopher Nolan, Joe Wright conduz a atmosfera política dos eventos que levaram ao resgate dos 300 mil soldados.
O coração aqui é mais pulsante, porém está escondido nas várias camadas da politesse britânica. A virada de roteiro no terceiro ato traz frescor e humor para os estafados, mas necessários, atos anteriores. O clima lançado sobre a obra é lúgubre, tal como, os tempos do Kaiser Hitler requerem, o que reflete em uma fotografia primorosa em que a luz é escassa e trabalhada em consonância com sombras cheias de significado. A direção traz enquadramentos claustrofóbicos que ilustram a pressão, a importância e a urgência das decisões a serem tomadas, a falta de apoio político, bem como, a figura de poder de Churchill que aliado a direção de arte acurada, um elenco forte e uma montagem com belíssimas cenas de transição conferem a obra um status de arte.
No entanto, o roteiro insiste em não deixar espaço para o desenvolvimento de qualquer personagem que não o protagonista, relegadondo os demais a figuras opostas ou alívios cômicos casuais. A decisão por um lado deixa a narrativa cansada, mas permite que Gary Oldman brilhe na construção do sarcástico, sagaz e aterrorizador líder da nação britânica cuja caracterização é impecável. Ben Mendelsohn é outro destaque e briga de igual para igual com Jared Harris e Colin Firth na interpretação do Rei George VI.
Darkest Hour (2017) peca em não conferir mais espaço aos personagens secundários, mas ainda assim entrega uma história inspiradora sobre o homem que se tornaria o ídolo de uma nação com uma cinematografia que evoca a perfeição do timing britânico.
I love history. I think it's very interesting to see how we managed to get to where we are today and how history repeats itself through the course of time. I also feel film is a good way to tell our history. Therefore, I was very excited to see this film.
Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill and how he managed to convince his party to keep fighting Hitler during World War 2. This was a great choice of time period as it is very tense and the film portrays this well. You feel how panicked the government are as they are close to losing and having to give in to Hitler.
This is achieved through characters too who are all portrayed very well. The smaller characters such as Halifax (Steven Dilliane), The King (Ben Mendelsohn) and Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) all are brilliant but Gary Oldman steals the show. His Churchill was spot on. He's funny, he's rude but then you really do feel that he cares about his position, his family, his fellow politicians and his country.
There's an fantastic amount of great cinematography too. From the close ups on faces to the way it shows the progression of days to the panning shots across France, it all comes together brilliantly.
The film does suffer from some historical inaccuracies but these work in the film's favour as it adds more drama in places however this doesn't excuse the fact they they did not happen. The main problem with the film, however, is the film is very slow in places however it's still a fantastic film with great performances and cinematography, it's a great British story to be told.
“Up your bum!” 😂 I think Darkest Hour will be remembered for Gary Oldman’s performance and it’s understandable because he’s phenomenal. I’m s huge fan of his but this is one of his best performances. However, there’s still a lot going on around him that needs to be there to make this the great film that his performance deserves. The supporting cast is great from Kristin Scott Thomas, to Lily James and Stephen Dillane but Ben Mendelsohn is outstanding again this time as King George VI. Joe Wright isn’t a director I know much about but I like the style & tone of the movie. Overall Avery very good biopic showing the man Churchill was and how he turned things in his favour even though all the odds were against him including his own Conservative colleagues. Also the Baskin Robbins ice cream was awesome as always 🍦 #DarkestHour#GaryOldman#BenMendelsohn#movies#CineworldUnlimited#Cineworld#Cinema
So, Darkest Hour is a biographical, war, drama, directed by: Joe Wright and stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn. During the early stages of WWII, Winston Churchill (Oldman) has become the newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and must decide whether to negotiate or to fight. Someone just give Oldman his Oscar!
Gary Oldman. Wow! This is perhaps my favourite performance of Oldman's. He is so great and disappears into his role. Lily James was wonderful as always. I loved the scenes between Mendelsohn and Oldman. The overall story was intriguing. Being a war film, but more about the politics behind it. My favourite scene was when Churchil was interacting with civilians. I had a smile on my face the entire time.
I would say the subject matter could get a bit dull for audience members. And the camera work, although great, could get a bit repetitive.
In the end, it was so interesting to see the behind the scenes of war and if Oldman doesn't get the Oscar, it'll be one of the biggest snubs ever. I'll give Darkest Hour an A