Movie Review – Darkest Hour

by Jon Fournier | October 25th, 2018

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Movie Review – Darkest Hour

[cap­tion id=“attachment_109601” align=“alignright” width=“300”] Photo by Jack Eng­lish — © 2017 FOCUS FEA­TURES LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.[/caption]

I con­sider Gary Old­man to be one of the finest char­ac­ter actors. Because of that I was look­ing for­ward to watch­ing his por­trayal of Win­ston Churchill, a role in which earned Old­man an Oscar. I am aware of Hollywood’s far left bias and well earned rep­u­ta­tion for com­pletely dis­re­gard­ing actual his­tory when mak­ing a movie that is sup­pos­edly based actual his­toric events. Because of that I was dread­ing watch­ing the movie.

After the first twenty min­utes my worst fears were con­firmed. To fin­ish watch­ing the movie I knew I would have to sit through two hours of deeply inac­cu­rate polit­i­cally cor­rect revi­sion­ist his­tory. The act­ing by Gary Old­man was superb; how­ever the script was deeply flawed.

For most of the movie Win­ston Churchill is por­trayed as a bum­bling nin­com­poop who is an alco­holic. It is as though the script was writ­ten by his most ardent polit­i­cal oppo­nents to show him in the worst light. Pic­ture a movie script about Pres­i­dent Trump writ­ten by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. In truest polit­i­cally cor­rect fash­ion, the onscreen Win­ston Churchill only accom­plishes any­thing con­struc­tive when his very strong wife guides him closely. Towards the end of the movie this bum­bling Churchill grows into a func­tion­ing states­man by trav­el­ing on the under­ground with a car­riage full of commoners.

I owe the writ­ers of the movie one apol­ogy. I believed they com­pletely fab­ri­cated one key point. After some fur­ther research I was proved wrong. The point was not com­pletely fab­ri­cated; it was just blown com­pletely out of pro­por­tion and turned into a cor­ner­stone of the movie when it was a very minor occur­rence. Just before the cli­max of the movie Churchill is bul­lied by Neville Cham­ber­lain and Lord Hal­i­fax into open­ing nego­ti­a­tions with Hitler that would end all hos­til­i­ties. I was not aware that Churchill had even con­sid­ered nego­ti­at­ing with Hitler in any way so I believed that scene was com­pletely false. It turns out that Churchill did autho­rize very low level nego­ti­a­tions with Mus­solini act­ing as a go between. I was unaware of these low level nego­ti­a­tions even though I am very well read on all aspects of World War Two because it was done in a way that Churchill was later able to deny that it ever hap­pened. The nega­tions were quickly aban­doned because of the suc­cess­ful evac­u­a­tion at Dunkirk and were never seri­ously meant to end all hostilities.

At the cli­max of the movie Win­ston Churchill is deeply torn between nego­ti­at­ing with Hitler to end hos­til­i­ties before the Dunkirk evac­u­a­tion, and fight­ing on. Churchill has to address Par­lia­ment but he is unde­cided on which course of action he will fol­low. He decides to travel to West­min­ster on the under­ground where he talks to com­mon­ers. It is this talk with the com­mon­ers that leads him to decide to fight rather than nego­ti­ate. Accord­ing to this scene the com­mon­ers pro­vide all of phrases that get incor­po­rated into his iconic “We shall fight on the beaches” speech that Gary Old­man so accu­rately recre­ates. The prob­lem is that the entire scene on the under­ground is a com­plete Hol­ly­wood fab­ri­ca­tion. Churchill never really con­sid­ered nego­ti­at­ing a peace with Hitler, he never made that trip on the under­ground, and that speech was his own creation.

There are so many other his­toric incon­sis­ten­cies in this movie that it would take a lengthy arti­cle to chron­i­cle them. It is clear to me after watch­ing the movie that it was pro­duced to tear down the legacy of Win­ston Churchill. Tear­ing down our great­est his­toric fig­ures is what the PC revi­sion­ist his­to­ri­ans are best at and what Hol­ly­wood has helped them do too often.

Photo by Jack English – © 2017 FOCUS FEATURES LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

I consider Gary Oldman to be one of the finest character actors.  Because of that I was looking forward to watching his portrayal of Winston Churchill, a role in which earned Oldman an Oscar.  I am aware of Hollywood’s far left bias and well earned reputation for completely disregarding actual history when making a movie that is supposedly based actual historic events.  Because of that I was dreading watching the movie.

After the first twenty minutes my worst fears were confirmed.  To finish watching the movie I knew I would have to sit through two hours of deeply inaccurate politically correct revisionist history.  The acting by Gary Oldman was superb; however the script was deeply flawed.

For most of the movie Winston Churchill is portrayed as a bumbling nincompoop who is an alcoholic.  It is as though the script was written by his most ardent political opponents to show him in the worst light.  Picture a movie script about President Trump written by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.  In truest politically correct fashion, the onscreen Winston Churchill only accomplishes anything constructive when his very strong wife guides him closely.  Towards the end of the movie this bumbling Churchill grows into a functioning statesman by traveling on the underground with a carriage full of commoners.

I owe the writers of the movie one apology.  I believed they completely fabricated one key point.  After some further research I was proved wrong.  The point was not completely fabricated; it was just blown completely out of proportion and turned into a cornerstone of the movie when it was a very minor occurrence.  Just before the climax of the movie Churchill is bullied by Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax into opening negotiations with Hitler that would end all hostilities.  I was not aware that Churchill had even considered negotiating with Hitler in any way so I believed that scene was completely false.  It turns out that Churchill did authorize very low level negotiations with Mussolini acting as a go between.  I was unaware of these low level negotiations even though I am very well read on all aspects of World War Two because it was done in a way that Churchill was later able to deny that it ever happened.  The negations were quickly abandoned because of the successful evacuation at Dunkirk and were never seriously meant to end all hostilities.

At the climax of the movie Winston Churchill is deeply torn between negotiating with Hitler to end hostilities before the Dunkirk evacuation, and fighting on.  Churchill has to address Parliament but he is undecided on which course of action he will follow.  He decides to travel to Westminster on the underground where he talks to commoners.  It is this talk with the commoners that leads him to decide to fight rather than negotiate.  According to this scene the commoners provide all of phrases that get incorporated into his iconic “We shall fight on the beaches” speech that Gary Oldman so accurately recreates.  The problem is that the entire scene on the underground is a complete Hollywood fabrication.  Churchill never really considered negotiating a peace with Hitler, he never made that trip on the underground, and that speech was his own creation.

There are so many other historic inconsistencies in this movie that it would take a lengthy article to chronicle them.  It is clear to me after watching the movie that it was produced to tear down the legacy of Winston Churchill.  Tearing down our greatest historic figures is what the PC revisionist historians are best at and what Hollywood has helped them do too often.

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