And now we get to a back to back double feature of British war movies, starting with Darkest Hour. I find it interesting to see this and Dunkirk sitting right next to each other since they both centre on the same event told from different perspectives. In this case, it’s told from the perspectives of British Prime Minister as he leads the fight against Adolf Hitler.
It’s May 9, 1940 and the British Parliament has lost all faith in Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup). With the Nazi party invading Belgium, Chamberlain is deemed too incompetent to handle Hitler. So, the Conservative Party needs a leader and there’s only one man the opposition will listen to; War Cabinet member Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman).
But even Churchill knows there’s great aversion to his being appointed. His own party dismisses him as a bombastic bully who makes rash decisions. King George the Sixth (Ben Mendelsohn) has never forgiven him for siding with his brother’s abdication from the throne. Both believe Lord Halifax (Stephen Dillane) would be a better choice.