Dark­est Hour (PG)

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET -

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.

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