Clint Worthington reviews “Darkest Hour” for Consequence of Sound


When it comes to magnetic, complicated historical figures that TV and film love to depict, few hold up to the British Bulldog himself, Winston Churchill. He’s linked to one of the most dramatic periods in history (World War II), and his porcine figure, irascible sense of humor, and trembling vocal timbre make him a unique challenge for any actor.

The man has benefited from a long history of screen depictions; just last year, John Lithgow delivered his Emmy-winning Winnie in Netflix’s The Crown. Now it’s Gary Oldman’s turn, and the Oscar-thirsty thespian has teamed up with Joe Wright (Atonement) for Darkest Hour, a compelling if overly simplistic dive into the man no one trusted to save the Kingdom.


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