THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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DARKEST HOUR (2017)


Hard to see Gary Oldman amongst the prosthetics and the performance but I'm assured he is in there somewhere, inhabiting the body of Winston Churchill. It is an incredible performance and you will no doubt forget the actor and embrace the real-life Churchill as you watch Darkest Hour. The movie itself focuses on a very small segment of time before Churchill is made prime minister and takes us through the decision of how to handle Dunkirk and what to do with Hitler's offer of peace talks, which Churchill rightly knows won't be worth the papers they're printed on. But the film, because it dwells on such a small portion of Churchill's administration, feels slight and like it's missing something. This was my problem with Jackie last year - you learn about the person under a period of duress but it's such a short snapshot of their life and times that the movie ends with you wanting much more. It's like watching an episode of a TV show about WWII and this week is on Churchill's rise to power. But there's so much more. See Darkest Hour for its marvelous Gary Oldman performance. But you won't leave feeling full.


TLA'S one word review: slight