DARKEST HOUR is now in select cities and playing nationwide December 22nd
When I first heard about this movie I was not sure we needed another movie about Winston Churchill. Oh gosh, I was wrong. If you love history and documentary type movies, you are in for a treat. Without any spoilers all I can say is that Gary Oldman performance deserves an Oscar!
Thank you Focus Features for inviting me to the Darkest Hour screening, press junket and reception at the Queen Mary
About the movie
During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.
Watch a trailer
Gary Oldman delivers one of the great performances of his career as Winston Churchill!
Reception at the Queen Mary
After the screening the movie, we were treated to a junket with Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Randolph Churchill (Winston Churchill’s great grandson), cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, sound editor Craig Berkey, costume designer Jacqueline Durran, production designer Sarah Greenwood, set decorator Katie Spencer, and editor Valerio Bonelli .
Then we were invited to tour the latest exhibit: Their Finest Hours, the new exhibit a the Queen Mary, that showcases several Churchill artifacts and letters along with set pieces from DARKEST HOUR, including the replicas of the War Rooms where Winston Churchill and the Allies plotted Hitler’s defeat. Learn why the Queen Mary was Churchill’s secret weapon and see where history was made. This exhibit will be opening to the public on December 7th.
To end the day, we were treated to a reception featuring a premium whiskey tasting and cigar bar. The whole experience was really chic. The ocean view from the Queen Mary along with the food and drinks made it for a prefect afternoon in company of great friends.