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Academy Award winner Gary Oldman gives a “towering performance” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) in acclaimed director Joe Wright’s soaring drama DARKEST HOUR. As Hitler’s forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill (Oldman) is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen. Also starring Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James, DARKEST HOUR is a powerful, inspirational drama.
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Critics Consensus: Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative falters.
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Mild but talky look at Churchill's early days in power.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Darkest Hour is set during an extremely stressful time in British history: when the Nazis were at their most powerful, rolling through Europe and threatening the United Kingdom's very existence. It focuses on Winston Churchill's (Gary Oldman) role in that military reality and the courage he found to stand by his core beliefs against all odds. Although it's set during wartime, no violence is shown beyond a bit of blood on injured soldiers (a bomb falls on soldiers, but we don't see it on-screen). In fact, rather than action and battle, the film offers lots of talk and political maneuvering, so younger viewers might have trouble sticking with it. There's also some drinking and quite a bit of smoking, which is accurate for the era.
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- Release Date:December 22, 2017
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