Darkest Hour (PG)
Gary Oldman nails what could have been a very difficult test as iconic British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Yes, he is adorned with jowly prosthetic make-up, but his Oscarwinning performance amounts to much more than just a gimmickfuelled impression.
He brings as much vulnerability to Churchill as powerful speech-making intensity and you can’t take your eyes off him.
There’s more to the film than its lead, though, as the story hits all the beats you’d expect and gives us a peek behind the corridors of power.
But a latter, fictional, scene involving Churchill canvassing opinions on a subway train feels out of place.