Movie Review: ‘Darkest Hour’

With a spate of recent film and television depictions of Britain in WWII — “Dunkirk,” “The King’s Speech” – or just after, like “The Crown,” it would have been easy for Darkest Hour to be white noise. After all, it’s the politics behind the evacuation of Dunkirk, which is decidedly quieter than bombs exploding on the frontlines. However, there’s nothing quiet about this film. Director Joe Wright has an explosion of his own in the form of Gary Oldman. Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill is equal parts vulnerability and booze-fueled fire in the belly, spitting and sputtering, jowls wobbling in righteous ferocity.

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