In Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill.
The film begins with a vote of no confidence for the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Having taken an outspoken, and often unwelcome, critical view of German aggression during the 30s, Churchill became Prime Minister just at the moment when the aggression reached the British Empire. The first month of Churchill’s historic time as Prime Minister, he faced a great decision; one that would lead either to war or to a negotiated peace with Hitler. The compressed timeline of the film drops the viewer in the midst of the “darkest hour” of British history. The decisions made during these days could have changed the course of history.
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