This is a very good trailer, and it was a terrific choice to build up to what is likely Churchill's most famous speech. Oddly enough, this is the second Churchill movie of 2017, and I find it funny that each one focuses solely on the events surrounding a major battle. If anything, Darkest Hour will be a showcase for an unrecognizable Gary Oldman, an actor who has miraculously never won an Oscar despite being one of the most beloved performers in Hollywood. He looks incredible as Churchill, and he has pretty much locked up a nomination already. We'll have to see what Daniel Day-Lewis does in his supposedly final role, but I think that this could be Oldman's year. As for the film itself, I'm less certain of its chances. This seems like it could be an Iron Lady type of deal, where the movie can't quite match up to the incredible performance. Hanna has its fans, but Joe Wright has generally been in a slump since the Oscar-winning Atonement in 2007. Darkest Hour definitely looks compelling, but with a changing Academy, can it find a way into the Best Picture race? We shall see.
Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Stephen Dillane, and will hit theaters on November 22. And depending on the strategy taken by Focus, it may find its way to a berth at one of the major fall festivals.