December 14, 2017

A study in true leadership: Gary Oldman channels Winston Churchill in powerful “Darkest Hour”

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

The new movie Darkest Hour tells the harrowing tale of Prime Minister Winston Churchill during WWII (played by an unrecognizable Gary Oldman wearing state-of-the-art makeup designed by one of the best artists in the business.)

Does this film adaptation stir the hearts of the viewer, as the real Churchill did for the allies?

What does this film say about leadership? 

I recommend watching this movie first, then follow up with the ideal companion film, this year's Dunkirk, to get an even better idea of what happened during this era.

(Unfortunately, both films leave out a fascinating, now-forgotten incident from this time: The National Day of Prayer declared by King George VI, which I'll tell you more about...) 


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commented 2017-12-16 00:12:43 -0500
It sadens me that I wont get to see this film until it comes out on dvd as it is not going to be shown anywhere in my province. I have a huge admiration for the bravery and leadership that was on global display of the likes of Churchill and our men on land at sea and in the air. Hopefully it comes to dvd and blue ray soon, I shall spare no expense in getting all the extra material that will be availabe.
commented 2017-12-15 20:46:42 -0500
George Luck we are sadly without a Churchill. Instead we have Chamberlain turbo version.
commented 2017-12-15 16:31:02 -0500
George, not every nation had a Churchill. Only England. The is a nation that has a Churchill- Hungary has Victor Orban. Canada? Not so much. Time to learn Hungarian.
commented 2017-12-14 19:22:50 -0500
They say, that in times of need, every generation has it’s ‘Churchill’. Where is our ‘Churchill’ now, when we need him oh so badly? With the left once again on the march and those same socialists, like their Nazi cousins before them, drawing their plans against us, where is our Churchill to rally the people and lead us to those fabled “broad, sun lit uplands”? With the Muslim ‘soft invasion’ fully underway and our feeble minded appeasers in Ottawa, willingly bent over in supplication, is there a modern ‘Churchill’ for our times?
commented 2017-12-14 19:11:16 -0500
BTW – as long as Churchill British history movies are being recommended, I had the fortune to view the 1943 war romance classic “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” (a rare wartime color film) with Deborha Kerr and a cast of golden era “old Vic” British actors – wonderful timeline film spanning 3 wars where principled liberal democrat Britain faced a Germany which was changing from its noble professional military code of ethics to a statist “all out war” nation – it’s interesting to watch the social transition as unscrupulous academics, propagandists and statist politicians create an ethicless android culture from a once refined and artistic nation….something there to ponder given the dejavu political situation globalism is pimping
commented 2017-12-14 19:07:03 -0500
Sounds interesting. I like historical pieces if they’re well done.
commented 2017-12-14 18:47:35 -0500
I watched this and it was a magnificent performance by Oldman – unfortunately the movie was dark and brooding filled with political intrigue and it totally ignored Winston’s humorous sarcasm and waggish talent for deflating pomposity. 3.6 stars out of 5
commented 2017-12-14 12:30:51 -0500
I’m looking forward to seeing this movie. The previews look good!!

It’s safe to say; our Clown Prince of the Lieberal Party, Justin Mohammed Trudeaup isn’t qualified to carry Churchill’s cigar box.
commented 2017-12-14 12:18:31 -0500
Ben notes “maybe if we appease this monster” and Winston Churchill boldly and defiantly declares “No!”. We can bring this to our present time with the threat of the Islamization of the West.
Speaking of Churchill’s time, Ben mentions, “You are surrounded by these politicians that just make you want to ring them out, because they don’t see the threat”. Sadly, the same today.