The Darkest Hour (2017)
Director Joe Wright brings us another period drama, this time with a very tight timeline on a subject the world is well aware of.
Winston Churchill, (a faultless performance by Gary Oldman), was handed the reigns of a government which was facing a certain downfall. How his government navigated it’s way through a political as well as hierarchical crisis, coupled with Churchill’s inner dialogue and relationship with his wife and secretary, forms the drama of the film.
Gary Oldman and his prosthetics team deserve every accolade. He looks every bit the part and acts as if he has been coached by Churchill himself.
The remaining cast support him ably, namely Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn, providing the tension, support and bring out various shades of the prime minister.
It was a riveting watch with great attention to detail and authentic recreation of the era, with many climatic moments and speeches.
The space between us (2017)
What could have been an engaging film remained an interesting concept which was developed very poorly. Lead actors Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson have a naive chemistry which takes them on unrealistic adventures with no obstacles. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino chase them into a climax that was as clear as day from the first frame. The result? Some scenic moments with an underage romance. A sad waste of talent with a lacklustre story.
The story starts a decade later from the first part, where most of the human population has been wiped out by the virus and the intelligent apes have survived and multiplied.
The treatment of the film is slow, with lingering scenes of drama. It has some moments that are charged with resonating sound and action. The basic plot is of winning trust, where both sides have members with differing motives. The result? A ‘part 2’ of the series that may not have carried its audience to look forward to part 3.
Brilliant sound and visuals, but not deeply engaging.