Seven Gunn reviews “Darkest Hour” and “The Disaster Artist” on ChicagoNow

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DARKEST HOUR

Darkest Hour (2017) highlights the brilliance and tenacity of Winston Churchill, one of the greatest men in history. This film focuses on the abrupt appointment of  Churchill (Gary Oldman) as prime minister of Great Britain after Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) had been ousted from his position during World War II. During the film, Churchill shows character of strength. He is tested and challenged by King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn), members of parliament, and his own inner conflicts.

THE DISASTER ARTIST

The Disaster Artist is a film that illuminates the emerging story behind the hit cult classic, The Room. Although, I have not seen The Room, I have heard that it is an interactive experience that must be accomplished with friends and family. The Disaster Artist proves to be a creatively funny, entertaining, yet bizarre phenomenon. This film is also based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Film Ever Made (2013), which is a best-selling non-fiction novel written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. The screenplay is written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. James Franco has credits for both producing and directing. Other producers are Vince Jolivette, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver. This will mark the first time James and his brother Dave Franco have collaborated on a film together.

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