The answer comes roaring back, from citizen after shining-eyed citizen: The scene culminates with Churchill offering words of Macaulay that are completed, in a flawless quotation, by a vibrant black Londoner.


Yet it plays as Oldman’s Oscar-clinching moment: the clip that was made to be shown, in triumph, on the telecast. Churchill, in the end, did stand up to Hitler, but in the case of a scene like this one resistance is futile.

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You know in your gut that it didn’t happen, yet it’s one of the most captivating scenes in the movie.

At it unfolds, your mind says “No, no, no” but your heart says “Yes, yes, yes.” Churchill, stymied by a Parliament that has balked at his refusal to sign a deal with Hitler, decides to pay a visit to the people who matter — that is, the working people of England. He’s a man who lunches with the king (and treats him like an underling) and is driven to work in a Rolls Royce.

” is an idea that applies all too starkly to our moment, and that’s part of what’s stirring about “Darkest Hour.” The film affirms the relevance of do-or-die political valor.

That said, there’s one showpiece sequence in it that you watch with your mouth agape.The outage downed ATMs, EFTPOS and online banking across the country and occurred at a time when Australian banks are already suffering serious brand damage through the Banking Royal Commission.In an effort to ‘make it right’, NAB has promised to compensate business customers who suffered losses.It takes a drunken hellion in banker’s clothing, wearing a scowl of the damned, to grasp the truth.“Darkest Hour” views Churchill with a burnished glow of 20-20 hindsight (though there’s no question that his actions created a military context for the Allied engagement).He has never, in his entire life, taken a London Underground train. He goes into the Underground, getting directions from a girl standing by the train map, and winds up in a subway car being gawked at by everyone there. But, for once, Churchill hasn’t shown up to make a speech; he’s there to listen.

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