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Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:29 PM

'Darkest Hour' - incredible film. No Spoilers.

But seriously, if you know what the film is about, you already know the outcome.

Astonishingly good film. Calling it a two-hour episode of 'The Crown' would be largely accurate, but a gross oversimplification. It shares with 'The Crown' the idiosyncracy of always having a veil of pallid, misty light spilling into every window in the building.

Gary Oldman proves yet again what a gifted actor he is. Having studied Churchill for years, I can tell you that Oldman absolutely nails the role. Every tic, every mannerism is down perfect; even the angle at which Churchill allowed his cigar to dangle when he was lost in thought, and on the correct side of his mouth (the left).

Additional plaudits should go to the makeup artists who transformed the handsome Steven Dillane into the dull and unappealing Lord Halifax.

Ronald Pickup gives a heartbreaking portrayal as Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain, with his policy of appeasement, is rarely spoken of with respect anymore. But here, desire to make peace with Hitler or not, one feels one's heart breaking for the tragic and doomed figure.

I have to offer applause to Ben Mendelssohn, an actor I had never heard of before, for his portrayal of 'Bertie', King George VI. We Americans know this underrated British King primarily through his portrayal by Colin Firth in The King's Speech, and by Jared Harris in 'The Crown'. Neither actor resembled King George in the slightest. But Mendelssohn bears an eerie resemblance to him. And he got the famous stammer down flawlessly.

Great film. Total Oscar bait, but great film anyway.



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Reply 'Darkest Hour' - incredible film. No Spoilers. (Original post)
Aristus Jan 2018 OP
VMA131Marine Jan 2018 #1
matt819 Jan 2018 #2
gordianot Jan 2018 #4
dawg day Jan 2018 #3
Aristus Jan 2018 #6
Sneederbunk Jan 2018 #5
PoliticAverse Jan 2018 #7
Zoonart Jan 2018 #8
Upthevibe Jan 2018 #9
Zoonart Jan 2018 #10
sarge43 Jan 2018 #14
Cicada Jan 2018 #11
Aristus Jan 2018 #12
lostnfound Jan 2018 #13

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:31 PM

1. Spoilers?

The Allies win!

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:38 PM

2. When I was a kid

I used to watch Combat. When my father pulled me away from it to do something else, he’d tell me the same thing. I’ll tell you how it ends. We won.

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Response to matt819 (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:48 PM

4. Today both Great Britain and America are at similar peril.

The Soviets in their new incarnation have come back. Dark days indeed.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:47 PM

3. Don't forget the ladies....

Kristen Scott Thomas is wonderful as the brittle but strong Clementine Churchill.

And Lily James did a great job in what is actually a difficult role to do well, the ingenue secretary. Great in the scene where she has to explain why Churchill's backwards "Victory" sign (two fingers) might be interpreted as "Up your bum!"

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Response to dawg day (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:54 PM

6. Kristin Scott Thomas is still breathtakingly beautiful.

Astonishingly so.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:50 PM

5. Ronald Pickup for Best Supporting Actor.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:55 PM

7. "you already know the outcome." - he fixes the cable? n/t

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 01:56 PM

8. Check out the incredible

Ben Mendelssohn in Netflix Bloodlines- with Sissy Spaceck and the late Sam Shepard, and Kyle Chandler. All are amazing in this family crime drama.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 02:23 PM

9. I saw it too and posted about it here to get feedback...I knew so little

about Churchhill. I'll be shocked it Gary Oldman doesn't win the Oscar. It was truly one of the best performances I've ever seen and I've been to a lot of movies (kind of a movie fanatic).

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 02:30 PM

10. Hey, Vibe!

I have not seen the movie yet, but will this week. I agree on all counts and Gary Oldman is an incredible talent. I have been hooked on him since Sid and Nancy and as Joe Orton in Prick Up your Ears. Not to mention Coppola's eccentric masterpiece, Dracula.

Have a great New Year! filled with great films.

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 09:49 PM

14. He's way overdue an Oscar.

He isn't capable of anything less than stellar performance.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 02:43 PM

11. Neville Chamberlain won the war

Delaying war allowed British and American factories to build planes and weapons essential for victory. If the Battle of Britain had been a year earlier Britain would have lost all its planes assuring its defeat.


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Response to Cicada (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 02:49 PM

12. I agree.

Not everyone sees it that way, but the 1938 Munich agreement bought Great Britain a full year to increase military recruiting, pilot training, and armaments production.

Of course, the only word anyone remembers anymore is 'appeasement'. No matter how stupid, ill-advised, or morally bankrupt a move towards war might be, the voices of reason are always accused by the bloodthirsty hawks of appeasement.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Sun Jan 7, 2018, 09:21 PM

13. Really enjoyed it and good for a wide range of viewers

There’s few movies that I can take two picky people to — the young one likes action and the old one hardly ever goes to movies because they are too “unreal”. This was good for all of us.

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