Gary Oldman gives the performance of his career as the newly appointed and instantly embattled Winston Churchill. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.
With the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman). While maneuvering among his political rivals, he must make the ultimate choice: negotiate peace with Hitler and save the British people or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Kristin Scott Thomas deliver excellent supporting performances in this high-octane political thriller that serves as an interesting companion film to last summer’s Christopher Nolan spectacle Dunkirk. We recommend you see both before the Oscars!