DARKEST HOUR

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GB
2017
2hrs 05mins
Dir: Joe Wright
Starring: Gary Oldman and Lily James

The fate of Western Europe hangs on the British Prime Minister who must decide whether to negotiate with the enemy or fight on

Despite this award-winning wartime drama being highly praised it does seem somewhat underwhelming. There is nothing new in this film’s approach which often feels like an obligation and a way to get a decent actor his Oscar. The scene filmed on the Underground unsurprisingly used Aldwych, masquerading on this occasion as St. James’s Park. The tube train which Oldman boards before gamely carrying out a conversation with his fellow passengers (did no one remember ‘that careless talk cost lives’) was an obvious set and in the authors opinion quite a poor one too, though the lack of any suitable rolling-stock from the period makes this excusable. The earlier scene with Gary Oldman and Lily James walking down an unlined Underground tunnel is a little more interesting and although not confirmed, was almost certainly filmed in the Aldwych / Holborn area.

Gary Oldman and Lily James walk towards the map room in the ‘operations headquarters’. In reality, probably a tunnel somewhere on the Aldwych branch. (reelstreets)
This is the passageway from the lift lobby to the platform at Aldwych station (reelstreets)