Darkest Hour (2017)

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Almost everything takes a backseat to/is a platform for Oldman's, granted, great performance, and I'm not sure how to feel about that. First two thirds worked brilliantly in that regard then when you'd think it'll ramp up - especially given what happens - it winds down.... Wright/Delbonnel not trying to ape his own ATONEMENT and DUNKIRK visually by providing a different visual POV of the war is definitely refreshing, and so are the other tableaux floruishes. Certainly worth checking out, it's funnier than I thought it would be (but in the appropriate just right British way which the audience around me certainly seemed to appreciate - tone is spot on, frankly) and definitely a good companion to Dunkirk also. And yes, Marianelli's score hype has been justified too.

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antovolk wrote:And yes, Marianelli's score hype has been justified too.
Maaaaaan.£

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What a vague, pointless script

McCarten strikes again

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This is a brilliant review by Kermode and shows why he is the best YouTube critic. He goes into what he likes and dislikes detailedly within 8 minutes and the partnership with Simon Mayo pays off with them offering differing perspectives.

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ArmandFancypants wrote:
January 13th, 2018, 12:32 am
What a vague, pointless script

McCarten strikes again

Direction, central performance and cinematography, do they elevate the material? I just finished The Crown s02 so I’m still a bit iffy on seeing this soon.

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m4st4 wrote:
January 14th, 2018, 2:58 pm
ArmandFancypants wrote:
January 13th, 2018, 12:32 am
What a vague, pointless script

McCarten strikes again

Direction, central performance and cinematography, do they elevate the material? I just finished The Crown s02 so I’m still a bit iffy on seeing this soon.
The cinematography was great. Loved the opening shot.

When I was watching this I kept on comparing this with The Crown. Morgan is a much stronger screenwriter than McCarten. It's ironic that, for a person who is so known for his speech and for a film that celebrates the power of speech, McCarten's words feel verbose, pointless, and sometimes tonally misplaced. There is much more dramatic weight in every single one of Morgan's words in The Crown.

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m4st4 wrote:
January 14th, 2018, 2:58 pm
ArmandFancypants wrote:
January 13th, 2018, 12:32 am
What a vague, pointless script

McCarten strikes again

Direction, central performance and cinematography, do they elevate the material? I just finished The Crown s02 so I’m still a bit iffy on seeing this soon.

They salvage it to a point of occasionally gripping watchability

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Damn.

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ArmandFancypants wrote:
January 14th, 2018, 5:02 pm
They salvage it to a point of occasionally gripping watchability
Yeah but this is the companion piece to Dunkirk!1!!1

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I really liked this. Score and cinematography was phenomenal, and Oldman's performance is divine. He's definitely one of my favorite actors.

Also it was way funnier than I thought it was going to be.

One tiny gripe I had with the story was
how quickly Mendelsohn/the king changed his mind about Churchill. Would have loved to see more of the issues he was dealing with to gain more sympathy for the character.
8.2/10

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