mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation
Runtime: 125 minutes
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James
Director: Joe Wright
Sex: It is suggested that Churchill's mother "slept around" during her life; it's stated his father died due to syphilis, having gone insane.
Language: GD-1; Da*n-3
Violence: A few violent scenes of war including explosions; soldiers seen with bloody bandages, and some cry out in pain.
Drugs: Several scenes of drinking, including scotch and champagne; a toast; scenes of cigarette smoking; cigars
Other: Tension between characters
Faith: A few references to God, but this is certainly not a religious picture.
Integrity: Churchill is determined to make sure that freedom wins out and he demonstrates this virtue at various times during the film.
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.
Gary Oldman does an excellent job in portraying Churchill in Darkest Hour, showing him to be the stubborn leader that was needed by Britain during World War II. He was a persistent, determined leader; and if not perfect, than certainly the perfect leader needed for that dark hour.
One of the themes of the film is the importance of support, which Churchill's wife unflaggingly gives him during the various trials and tests of war. His wife Clementine encourages him and gives him words of wisdom when he needs them. As he ages, for example, and becomes more abrupt, she tells him to be more kind. She says, "I want others to love and respect you as I do." Having someone in your corner is essential and this movie nicely portrays that theme.
Churchill is the epitome of the man that shows courage when it is very hard to do so. For example, he is asked if he is not afraid at one point, and he replies, "Most terribly." And yet this is the same man that thunders, "We shall never surrender!" He was a fascinating personality, and Gary Oldman captures the essence of the man in this powerful performance of Great Britain's famous prime minister. There are a few utterances of language but this historical film is awarded our Dove Seal for Ages 12-plus. The man Churchill comes alive in this movie!
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages 12+
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