Darkest Hour | Average Guy Movie Review3 min read

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Simon Appleton
Self-confessed film fanatic and Writer/Founder of Moustache Movie News - that's what you get for drawing a moustache on a poster at work, an angry boss...and a moustache themed movie blog.

Gary Oldman brings one of Britain’s most celebrated figures to life in Darkest Hour. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and written by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything), it tells the story of Winston Churchill’s first four weeks as Prime Minister. At a time when we stood alone and on the brink of disaster, he would have to deal with the loss of France to the German blitzkrieg, the Dunkirk evacuation, a lack of support from those in his own party as well as King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) and pressure to reach a peace agreement with Hitler. The man really was thrown in at the deep end!

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Gary Oldman spent a year studying Churchill and his mannerisms, in order to bring the man to life. Over that same year, he worked with special make-up effects artist, Kazuhiro Tsuji (Looper, Hellboy, The Grinch) to develop the incredible make-up and prosthetics that would transform him into the legendary PM. The prosthetics used to fatten him up weighed half Oldman’s bodyweight. In fact, they had to dial back their work because he looked too much like Churchill and something was lost in Oldman’s performance. And his dedication didn’t end there, throughout principle photography Oldman smoked over 400 cigars at a reported cost of £18,000. The result of said dedication; by the end of filming he had nicotine poisoning.

This is a story of that plucky spirit we Brits are known for. “Keep calm and carry on”. Despite our dire circumstances we carried on. Something that’s beautifully depicted in a shot of civilian boats headed across the channel to aid in the evacuation of British and French forces from Dunkirk. And a scene in which Churchill consults members of the public on their thoughts about the war and what to do. The scene may be fictional but it’s based on real events, according to Anthony McCarten “He would go AWOL, disappear and pop up somewhere in London with ordinary people, to find out what they were thinking.”

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Simon Appleton

Simon Appleton

Self-confessed film fanatic and Writer/Founder of Moustache Movie News - that's what you get for drawing a moustache on a poster at work, an angry boss...and a moustache themed movie blog.

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