Recently my wife went to the UK for a conference and was supposed to head home Friday but instead phoned me and asked if I would come there for the weekend. After some last minute planning with the kids sitter, I booked a flight and was off.
I absolutely love the UK. She didn’t have to twist my arm for very long!
On the flight I watched two movies I had been planning to watch later but it seemed appropriate.
Dunkirk and Darkest Hour.
Both tell of the events centering on the same time period and with overlapping story-lines, the seemingly impossible evacuation of Allied soldiers pinned down at Dunkirk France by the German advance. While Dunkirk centers solely on this event, Darkest Hour focuses on the broader series of events leading up to the moments of Dunkirk. I am a HUGE Winston Churchill admirer and so for me, while I watched Dunkirk which I watched first, I kept hoping for historical archived audio or video of the real Winston.
It wasn’t until I watched Darkest Hour that I was really satiated with Gary Oldman’s performance being nothing short of brilliant. It was very immersive to watch him portray one of histories most venerable figures and with such an exacting result. I hung on his every word when giving the same speeches Churchill gave, but that’s probably because I admire the man.
The two films are as different as they can be while still telling similar stories. Each also remains true to historical events with the usual Hollywood embellishment. If you like WWII films, these two really should be seen in tandem. I had initially thought they were connected in some way which is what I was researching before making this post.
We had a great time in London. Enjoyed some fantastic food. If your travels take you there and you love breakfast as I do, try The Wolseley and for dinner, Marco was also very good. One restaurant I’d suggest avoiding is Clause Bosi. It was our second visit there and two times it failed to impress.
Now I’m home and going through scones withdrawal. At least I can order authentic clotted cream and jam from the UK through Amazon. Guess I have to make the scones myself.