Darkest Hour

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Mild but talky look at Churchill's early days in power.

PG-13 2017 114 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 12+

WWII Era Gives Glimpse into Daily Life of Winston Churchill

"Darkest Hour" is the story of Winston Churchill becoming prime minster during World War II and his struggle not only against the swiftly approaching German army, but also his political opponents in parliament. This movie gives a look into Churchill's daily life as prime minister including his home life, his meetings with the King of England, and his motivation to write his powerful speeches. This movie is likely to appeal to an audience with an interest in WWII or British history but few outside of that audience due to its slow pacing. There's some mild language in this movie and a couple shots of German airplanes dropping bombs from the air. There is a lot of smoking in this movie. Positive messaging remains throughout this film--the idea that one must stand up for what's right even if it means losing everything one has--because freedom is worth that risk.

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age 12+


This movie was fairly good. It contains very mild violence for example a man was trying to rush another girl he was yelling at her, people are talking about how many soilders are dying in battle, obviously because the subject is war with people suffering and that could scare younger audiences airplanes are shown in battle no fighting is shown. The language contains a few uses of the s word. the alcohol, smoking, and drugs include the main character occasionally smoking.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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