Darkest Hour ★★★★☆

Darkest Hour (2017) ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 8.5
IMDb Rating | 7.4
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane
Director: Joe Wright
Plot Summary: 
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. (IMDb)

Darkest Hour is a compelling film about the first month (May 1940) of Churchill’s tenure as Prime Minister, when Western Europe was on its knees with the German Army wiping out everything in its path. Neville Chamberlain is being ushered out, and Churchill is reluctantly called for to take Chamberlain’s place. The British Army is stranded at Dunkirk and Calais, his Party are eagerly proposing peace talks as the answer, and the British people know little of the worst news concerning the Army. With the weight of the world on his shoulders, Churchill must make a decision that would change history forever.  Continue reading


The Language of Thorns ★★★★☆

The Language of Thorns ★★★★☆
Leigh Bardugo

Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Goodreads Rating | 4.51
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published: 2017
Publisher: Orion

Following on from the success of Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, also inhabiting the same universe, she has composed a book that is full of folk stories, fairy tales and retellings that are full of surprises, twists and lessons. The Language of Thorns is full of darkness, magic and thought-provoking characters.   Continue reading

The Crown Season 1 (2016) ★★★★★

The Crown Season 1 (2016) ★★★★★
Channel: Netflix
Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow, Jared Harris, Jeremy Northam, Victoria Hamilton, Ben Miles, Eileen Atkins, Alex Jennings, Pip Torrens
Creator: Peter Morgan
Humpo Show Rating | 9.2

The Crown is a biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II, and the early part of her reign. It is the brainchild of Peter Morgan, responsible for the Oscar-winning The Queen, and follows Elizabeth’s early days as Queen, the relationship she has with her husband, sister, Prime Minister and the people. It gives a fascinating insight into Buckingham Palace, and the goings-on that occurred during times of strife and joy in the late 40s and early 50s. A truly excellent drama that has seen Foy and Lithgow rightly receive awards for their acting. Continue reading

The Greatest Showman ★★★★★

The Greatest Showman (2017) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 10.0
IMDb Rating | 8.0
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Zendaya, Sam Humphrey, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Loren Allred, Ziv Zaifman
Michael Gracey
Plot Summary: 
Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (IMDb)

From the very first moment, the very first note that is played, I knew the type of film this would turn out to be. A masterpiece. This slick, heart-warming and beautiful musical follows the life of P. T. Barnum, his extraordinary showmanship, and his need to entertain anyone and everyone. He swindles his way a magnificent building to house a fascinating array of talented and unique performers, and he puts them on stage together, the result…a spine-tingling show. Continue reading

Hidden Figures (2016) ★★★★★

Hidden Figures (2016) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 8.9
IMDb Rating | 7.8
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Glen Powell 
Theodore Melfi
Plot Summary: 
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. (IMDb)

The 1960s seen the United States of America and Russia battling each other in the Space Race, and to undertake the ultimate achievement of all time, of putting a man in space. Despite NASA aiming for the stars, the men that worked in all areas of the space program held backward views concerning gender and race. Hidden Figures gives a history lesson to many people who were not aware of a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the biggest accomplishments in U.S. history. 

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