23. Oktober: Darkest Hour (OV: English)

Darkest Hour

UK (2017)


ab 6 Dolby Digital 1,85:1
Regie: Joe Wright
Schauspieler: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
125 Minuten
He wasn’t their first choice, but he became their last hope

May 1940 – the initial failures of the Allies during World War II lead to the forced resignation of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. His successor becomes Winston Churchill, who always rejected the appeasement politics of Chamberlain and thus is considered an uncompromising opponent of Hitler. However, his party members regard him as reckless and irresponsible.

From the first day on the new British premier minister is facing seemingly unsolvable challenges – the opposing army conquers the west of Europe, the defeat by Nazi Germany seems inevitable. Winston Churchill is forced to negotiate a peace with Adolf Hitler, which would lead Great Britain to become a puppet of the Third Reich.

When the British army gets stuck at Dunkirk, Churchill must show courage and fight. In his probably darkest hour he has to prevent the invasion, needs to gain the acceptance from his own party and the skeptical king George VI and unite his nation – in short, he has to change history …

Were “Darkest Hour” just a symphony of World War II nostalgia, it’d probably still be a good watch. But because the film makes the effort to go deeper, it becomes something much more memorable. (The Atlantic)