Churchills All the Way Down - A Review of "the darkest hour"
This last week, I got to see the Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour" which chronicled the turbulent first days of as Prime Minister. Mythical in his achievements, his work ethic, and his idiosyncrasies, he was also a deeply controversial figure who has been compared to a certain current world leader, though many would disagree. It seems that portraying Churchill is a touchstone for any established portly English actor (and one American), partly because of his history, but also because he led much of his life like an actor. As expected, Gary Oldman did a fantastic job conveying the pride and charisma of the Last Lion. However, I've never spent 20 minutes after a film talking about an actor's makeup before, as Oldman disappears both in performance and person in his Winston Churchill suit.