Churchill (2017)

There’s some great photography in “Churchill”, gorgeous great big wide shots, gorgeous locations, some gorgeous filmmaking, but good god, the dialogue is bad, the script is flimsy, and the whole thing feels directionless. It retroactively makes me appreciate the stilted “Darkest Hour” more – at least that had narrative focus, mostly. This is an aimless…

Darkest Hour (2017)

An oddly weightless adaptation of Churchill’s first month or so of wartime prime ministering. Gary Oldman under swarths of makeup and prosthetics is the film’s main selling point, as he’s of course as good as would be expected, adept as always at making a proper performance out of limitations like excessive makeup that would handicap…