Dark­est Hour

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA -

Cert: PG; Now show­ing It was in­evitable this biopic de­pict­ing a key World War II junc­tion for Win­ston Churchill would scoop Bafta nom­i­na­tions. With nine in to­tal, Dark­est Hour’s big­gest hope prob­a­bly lies in the Best Ac­tor cat­e­gory for Gary Old­man’s tow­er­ing (and some might say shame­lessly Os­car-bait­ing) turn as the D-day prime min­is­ter.

Though it’d be a shame for other cat­e­gories to go un­re­warded. Bruno Del­bon­nel’s musty cin­e­matog­ra­phy leaves the jaw on the floor and the sense of the era cre­ated by the set and cos­tume de­sign is tan­gi­ble. As wife Cle­men­tine, Kristin Scott Thomas’s sup­port­ing role rightly got a Bafta nod, but alas there was none for the ever-re­li­able Ben Men­del­sohn as Ge­orge VI.

Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, it’s The Old­man Show. For an

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