Oscar 2018 promises to be an interesting event, and Gary Oldman seems to be one of the forerunners for the Best Actor category in this event. And he is at his ‘Churchill’ best in this movie. Darkest Hour retells one of the darkest episodes of British history.
But if you look closely at this political drama, you will find that although the narrative is infused with historical elements, it is a film of the 21st century. This is made with a lot of craftsmanship, intelligence and the special effects add to the beauty of this movie. Trust me this is not a story which talks about history, it does not tell you how Britain won the war or speaks about the various elements of Brexit episode.
This pacy political thriller is all about Winston Churchill and his confrontation with his cabinet, particularly his predecessor Neville Chambarlain and the Earl of Halifax. Events are quite brisk with fast camera work. Of course the movie has its subtle moments as well. In an abstract visualization, one can see Winston’s isolation as he stands alone with his ideologies. Often Churchill is seen boxed within a frame like he is seen trapped in an elevator ascending through the depths of blackness.
When you consider the lighting, the combination of sepia with cold bright lights form an interesting juxtaposition. Gary Oldman has shown the amazing transformation of the politician in the peak of his power. The film has already made its impact on BAFTA Awards, and Gary Oldman is all set for his Oscar triumph.
Watch out for Darkest Hour as it makes a grand appearance in Oscar!