Darkest Hour (movie)

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Seroster, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    I know I started another thread about this when the trailer came out but that was the trailer.

    I have a lot of questions but I know the film isn't out yet in the UK so NO SPOILERS.

    I will say I give it 4.25 out of 5. Really, really enjoyed it :)
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    How come it's out over there already but not until January 12th in the country it's set in ?
  3. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    I haven't the faintest idea!
  4. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer Pearl Harbor Myth Buster

    That's my birthday!

    Other than that most important point there's the matter of MONEY. Release dates are strategic decisions.
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  5. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer Pearl Harbor Myth Buster

    Critics and audiences here are giving this movie ratings in the mid-80s.
  6. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    Funnily enough my rating equates to 85% :)
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I saw the first trailer and thought it looked rubbish, but perhaps I need to give it a second look...
  8. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    It's GOT to be better than that god-awful film with Brian Cox. "Churchill". I know they are set at opposite ends of the war, but I have been trolled on a film forum on Facebook by someone who describes himself as having attended the "Winston Churchill University of Life" and the "Bernard Law Montgomery Tank School" saying that it is completely accurate. I'm not going to rise to it, but feel like waving my degree certificates in his face.. On the other hand, maybe I could convince him to buy a bridge that goes up and down in London...it's for sale, you know. And Churchill must have crossed it as he tried to get D-Day cancelled....
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  9. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    There are a couple of scenes which I'm pretty sure never happened. If you would like to know because they would set you off I suppose I could send a PM. I hate posting "spoilers" if someone would rather not know.

    But they are actually very effective scenes, and overall I do think it is a very good film.

    edited P.S. probably best to view it as historical fiction
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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    As I always say at least it keeps WW2 in the news which is always a good thing

    There will always (be an England while there's a busy street) the rivet counters complaining the cigar was not the right type or his slippers were incorrect blah blah blah
  11. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    Scenes like Eisenhower being based in Edinburgh....
  12. tmac

    tmac Senior Member Patron

    I went to see Darkest Hour today and highly recommend it. Gary Oldman's performance is superb and I'd say the story is broadly accurate historically. There are some jarring fictionalised scenes, but it's heartening that they keep to Churchill's famous speeches word for word. It knocks the Brian Cox film (which I thought was ridiculous) into a cocked hat.
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  13. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    That seems a fair assessment to me!
  14. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer Pearl Harbor Myth Buster

    Finally got to see this. From this side of the Atlantic the movie was both very interesting and highly instructive.

    And I realize more than ever how handy Lord Lothian's death was.
  15. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Pic 35 Page 75 Regimental Reunion in London-001.JPG Saw this today and was most impressed !

    One slight caveat...............

    In the opening shot, all the extras appeared to be wearing new clothes.

    In the war that I remember, that was a luxury few could afford !

    As for Gary Oldman, the star of the film, I have no complaints at all....... he captured Churchill completely and I speak as an expert witness (see if you can spot me in this pic :)

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  16. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Hard to pick you out of that crowd without your trademark beret Ron.
    Actually, I thought that might be a trick question and you aren't in the frame at all. Those faces are all turned to you to hear the next word you have to say! ;)
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  17. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    Sorry, back of the class mate ! :)

    I am there and if I wasn't so lazy I would have found a link to my original posting.

    Let's see if someone can spot me before we give up
    (Link to my Gallery where I may have a better copy of the picture:
    1946 Regimental Reunion | WW2Talk )

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  18. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Are you in the centre, sat down with the near full pint on the table?
  19. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

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