Darkest Hour (Joe Wright, 2017) Review “Oldman deserves his Oscar nomination” I saw Darkest Hour last weekend but have only just got around to publishing this review. I went into this historical drama, with @monikauzkalnyte and high hopes, we were impressed. The narrative centres on the newly-elected Conservative Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, during his darkest hour: the decision to declare total war on Germany or go along with a peace treaty. “You can’t reason with a tiger with your head in it’s mouth”. And with the culmination of his stirring ‘we’ll fight them’ speech, he rallies Parliament, the country and the Empire into war. In response to the reviews that the film only showcases good acting, b*llocks. Joe Wright masters the Scorsese concept that great “cinema is a master of what’s in the frame and what’s out”. He manages to explore the internal and external cage that Churchill is in. He achieves visual storytelling with great framing, with his subject shown behind windows, in cars, in tunnels and lifts, encased in darkness. The cage is only lifted in a fantastic scene where Churchill rides a tube train with his subjects, the everyday people, who rouse him to push for all out victory. Gary Oldman is electric, he doesn’t go full-Churchill. It doesn’t become a caricature, rather, uncovers the man’s character and depression in a fun, engaging and refreshing manner. There are moments of humour among the crisis and the dichotomy works. I only wish there was more of Kristin Scott Thomas but most of the events took place behind-the-scenes in Churchill’s King Charles Street war rooms. Her performances reminded me of Dame Helen Mirren’s in Hitchcock (Sacha Gervasi, 2012). She is perfect as the strong, grounding Clementine Churchill. My main grievances were with the extras who overplay and overact their scenes in order to be remembered. This, and the third act, which loses some of the pacing the film established.
Reppin’ that DIY band director life. When your guard instructor says they need new flag poles but you are all broke so you buy PVC poles (and cut them in the middle of Home Depot, thanks @datoneguyalex ) to go with the boat load of discounted fabric ordered online. I think we have spent close to $1500 to make do this year on items that SHOULD HAVE cost around $5000-6000 altogether. I should start a diy band director series. “How to have a La Croix band on a tap water budget” #workingtitle#diy#diybanddirector