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Darkest Hour (2017)


Darkest Hour (2017)

I have to admit that prior to seeing this film, my history knowledge of Winston Churchill was a little fuzzy.

Gary Oldman is a wizard when it comes to his ability to become whoever he is supposed to be portraying on screen.  I became more interested in seeing Darkest Hour after I found out that Oldman was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, even though I am fed up with the Academy Awards.

Darkest Hour is based on the true story of when British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was forced to decide whether or not to negotiate with Adolf Hitler when all of Western Europe was being threatened by the Nazis in 1940.

The movie was directed by Joe Wright and the noteworthy cast includes Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Nicholas Jones, and David Strathairn.

Gary Oldman successfully transformed into Winston Churchill.  He was a mumbling, bumbling, blabbering, grumpy old man.  It is hard to believe that anyone else could have done half as good a job as he did in his role.

The U.K. in the 1940s was duplicated convincingly and artistically in Darkest Hour.  Watching the movie, it was very easy to be pulled into that time and place.  It was as if you were there witnessing Winston Churchill make history.

It is always interesting to me how movies with similar subjects get made around the same time.  It is no accident that Dunkirk (2017) came out the same year as Darkest Hour.  Hollywood likes to capitalize on one concept by showcasing similar movies in the same year.  I guess that they assume that if one movie does well, everyone will be curious about the other movie of the same type and will go to see it while the idea is still fresh.

Darkest Hour is about what is going on behind the scenes while Dunkirk is happening.  In this case, the two movies do make good companion pieces to each other.

The problem with Darkest Hour is that everyone in the movie besides Gary Oldman felt like an afterthought.  His character development improved as the movie went on, but there was not much care placed on the other characters.

The other main thing that was wrong with the film is that it just felt like it took way too long to make its point.  It probably could have been 30 minutes shorter.  I think that this would have made it more enjoyable.

It felt historically accurate and Oldman’s performance was superb.  Without him, this movie would have really struggled.

The film felt a little bit like The King’s Speech (2010).  This is not one of those movies that you will want to watch over and over again.  It was tasteful and informative, but I will be OK with only seeing it once.

Darkest Hour is a well put together World War II period piece.  It is a good depiction of some historical events, however it is overly drawn out and therefore falls a little short.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

Dunkirk (2017)

The King’s Speech (2010)

Lincoln (2012)

Leon: The Professional (1994)

True Romance (1993)

Schindler’s List (1993)

The Pianist (2002)

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Aviator (2004)

Cinderella Man (2005)

J. Edgar (2011)

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The Best Movies of 2010


The Best Movies of 2010

 

Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2010 (even if some were made in 2009).  I have included trailers for each movie.  I would love to eventually write a review of each of these films and talk about why I enjoyed them so much.  But for now, just know that I highly recommend all of these movies.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2010 that are worthy of this list.

 

The Fighter (2010)

Edge of Darkness (2010)

Shutter Island (2010)

Inception (2010)

RED (2010)

127 Hours (2010)

Due Date (2010)

The Next Three Days (2010)

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

The King’s Speech (2010)

Black Swan (2010)

True Grit (2010)  

Harry Brown (2009)

The Expendables (2010)

Kick-Ass (2010)

 

Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

The Book of Eli (2010)

Defendor (2009)

Repo Men (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Knight and Day (2010)

Salt (2010)

The Switch (2010)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

The Social Network (2010)

Stone (2010)

Little Fockers (2010)

The Tourist (2010)

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly


Netflix is constantly changing its movie selection.  Here is a list of 20 of the best drama movies based on real life that are currently available to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly.

There is something about movies that are based on true stories.  Knowing that what happened in the movie might be similar to how it actually happened in real life makes the movie that much more interesting.  I especially enjoy watching a movie based on true events that I already am familiar with.  It’s interesting to see the director or the writer’s take on what they think happened.  Sometimes a movie is supposedly based on real life, but it may be way different from what actually happened in real life.  If you are a fan of these types of movies, then you will probably enjoy the films on this list.

Here is the list:

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20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

The Conspirator Poster

The Conspirator (2010)

The King's Speech

The King’s Speech (2010)

Into the Wild Poster

Into the Wild (2007)

Zodiac Poster

Zodiac (2007)

United 93 Poster

United 93 (2006)

World Trade Center Poster

World Trade Center (2006)

The World's Fastest Indian Poster

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

Hotel Rwanda Poster

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

The Pianist Poster

The Pianist (2002)

Man On The Moon Poster

Man of the Moon (1999)

October Sky Poster

October Sky (1999)

Braveheart Poster

Braveheart (1995)

Rob Roy Poster

Rob Roy (1995)

King of the Hill Poster

King of the Hill (1993)

Hoffa Poster

Hoffa (1992)

The Doors Poster

The Doors (1991)

The Krays Poster

The Krays (1990)

Eight Men Out Poster

Eight Men Out (1988)

The Untouchables Poster

The Untouchables (1987)

Hoosiers Poster

Hoosiers (1986)

Next time that you are trying to find a good movie on Netflix Watch Instantly that is based on a true story , I recommend you choose one of these movies as part of your movie night.

If you enjoyed this list, click on the following links below for more netflix related material:

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Are you thinking about seeing a movie that is currently in theatres?

Click here for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th.  You will find previews, poster artwork, and my full review of all of the movies that I have seen that are currently in theatres.  You’ll be able to see which movies are out right now and it might just help you decide which movies are worth seeing.

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