Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour Poster★★★½

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Can you believe this has been the first time I’ve been to the cinema since 2016?!  My Dad is something of a Churchill expert and has been looking forward to seeing this film for ages so we decided to make it a family outing.

For those who like their war films fast-paced and with lots of things exploding and bullets flying then don’t expect to get any of that in this film.  It’s said that Churchill won the war with his words and there are a lot of words in this film.  A lot.  Speech – mumblings – speech – mumblings – a conversation or two and set in pretty much just three locations: Chartwell, Churchill War Rooms and the Houses of Parliament.  The most this film comes close to action is when Churchill decides to go for a ride on the Underground.  Sidenote: thank god the tube has sped up since the 1940s as I pass St James’s Park and Westminster on my daily commute and if it still took that long to go one stop I think I would have left the country by now.

I am ashamedly not very knowledgeable about history in general so I definitely learnt something from watching this film and I think it’s a film that everyone should watch just to be educated about how close we came to being ruled by Hitler – also it puts things in perspective:  When you’re having trouble deciding what to wear to the office tomorrow, just imagine how Churchill felt having to decide the fate of the free world!


Winston Churchill: Will you stop interrupting me while I am interrupting you!


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