Darkest Hour

Awards season has arrived, which means that for the rest of the year we can expect lots of big movies with big actors playing big people. Christmas weekend brings Hugh Jackman as circus mogul P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s The Greatest Showman, Christopher Plummer (a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey) as billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, and, in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as the Washington Post‘s gutsy publisher, Kay Graham, and executive editor, Ben Bradlee. English actor Gary Oldman—who first made a name for himself in the U.S. playing such real-life figures as punk rocker Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) and playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987)—may have landed the biggest whale of all with his role as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, chronicling the monthlong period, from May to June 1940, when Churchill was elected prime minister of Great Britain and rallied both its government and its people to fight Hitler to the death. Continue reading >>