We went to see an incredibly well-written/directed/acted movie yesterday. The Darkest Hour offers humor, honesty, riveting tension, and a challenge. My own personal challenge was to avoid crying through the last hour, and I failed.
It’s difficult to imagine the stress Winston Churchill experienced as Britain’s new prime minister in the dire circumstances brought on by appeasement: Hitler’s forces surrounded the entire British army near Dunkirk, and many in the government urged this new leader to seek a peace agreement.
It’s even more difficult to imagine our world today if Winston Churchill had cowed to the pressure and ignored his intuition that declared England must NOT negotiate with Herr Hitler. Unfortunately, he had no way of knowing how many British citizens agreed with him.
This morning, my tea bag boasted just the right sentiment for Prime Minister Churchill’s predicament.
Many in Parliament were still controlled by the former appeasement-focused government, and felt nothing could be worse than the present situation. They were also quite aware of Churchill’s imperfections. The movie clearly and honestly shows these…and that’s part of its power.
Who among us is perfect? What leader has no weaknesses? Yet, certain leaders arise at just the right time to alter history’s course for the better.
My tears were for this imperfect leader’s loneliness in what seemed an impossible task. Yet he found the strength to persevere, to act courageously in the face of bitter adversaries on every side. He ordered the Admiralty to summon ordinary citizens with seaworthy vessels to rescue the men at Dunkirk. Kind of like the fishes and loaves…nobody thought the idea could possibly work.
But behind the scenes, the nation prayed…and a truly miraculous outcome afforded Churchill with the support the next difficult five years would require. This production also provides a down-to-earth example for us when anyone’s opinion threatens to dim our light.
I don’t often promote a movie, but this one stands out as UNMISSABLE, especially if the World War II era intrigues you.
Hi Gail: I haven’t seen this movie as yet, but will soon. Back in the 1970s there was a similar movie and so exciting and sad that I shed tears also. Incredible that England’s civilians rescued the British Army! Powerful and inspiring.
Hi Diane, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Those times ought not be forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the movie! The saying on the teabag makes one stop and think about it: “Don’t let someone dim your light simply because it’s shining in their eyes.” I shudder to think what the world would be like now, without Winston Churchill and the stand he took against evil.
Boy, I shudder, too. Thanks for stopping by, Becky.
wonderful post, Gail. I plan to view this one. 🙂
YAY – we almost never go twice, but we did return to see this one again. Just as powerful 2nd time around.