Diplomat’s Delight- Darkest Hour, Film Review

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Gary Oldman is an excellent actor but to convince you that he is Winston Churchill seemed the impossible he made possible. The lanky actor became overweight and old with the hair and makeup but his acting talent remained flawless behind the layers of England’s dynamic Prime Minister.

Darkest Hour comes down to the moments leading up to the British soldiers stranded at Dunkirk and challenge of Hitler finally invading the entire Europe. It is an excellent historical account of the Prime Minister’s early days and how he dealt with some of the toughest decisions he probably ever made in his life. It is a must watch for every leader to learn and observe what happened, what could be and what you become?

The best scene in the film is between Winston and King George. The King visits Winston and shows his support for showing grit against Hitler and whatever the outcome he will remain a highly respected leader in his eyes. The film has been directed by Joe Wright and since his debut film Pride and Prejudice, Darkest Hour is one of his finest work so far. Anthony McCarten who wrote the film The Theory of Everything brought his Oscar touch to Darkest Hour.

Kristin Scott Thomas played the role of Winston’s wife, Clementine and she left her mark with her confident body language and deep set eyes. Lily James as Winston’s typist symbolizes the hopeful generation that went on to increase development after the war.

Gary shines all the way and while it gets exhausting to get to the end, he holds you to the task of his short war in convincing his cabinet not to give in to Hitler.

 

 

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Film Review- The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a true story about a marvelous genius, Alan Turing. He broke the German impossible code maker- The Enigma and this saved over 4 million lives in the Second World War. Director Morten Tyldum discovers the beauty in actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan who was also a homosexual. Benedict who has also been successful in playing Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange couldn’t have better portrayed this weird man. Benedict adds warmth, truth, and determination to a brave character who is fighting for his intelligent machine The Imitation Game to gain money, popularity and success.

While Benedict lost the Oscar to fellow British Eddie Reymane as Stephen Hawking in a Theory of Everything, he still delivers excellent cinema.

A competent cast that includes Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley also joins him.

Keira fits perfectly as a tomboyish girl who is smart and awkward. Mark Strong lends his heavy voice and polished command of suaveness as the MI6 Agent. Charles Dance who is popular for being a Lanister in The Game of Thrones, is a typical English soldier and delivers with finesse.

The Imitation Game captures the real life story of Alan Turing who had exceptional talent in Maths, and was introduced to crosswords, codes and puzzles by his only friend in school Christopher. Alan falls in love with him but he remains awkward to work with. He struggles with his undercover team of code breakers and it takes a special lady Joan Clarke to be the catalyst for the machine and Alan’s career. Incidentally they had to get engaged just to Joan could live respectfully away from home.

The film’s texture reminds you of The Beautiful Mind where Russell Crowe portrayed Nobel Laureate in Economics John Nash.