Their Finest (2017)
Critic Consensus: Carried along by a winning performance from Gemma Arterton, Their Finest smoothly combines comedy and wartime drama to crowd-pleasing effect.
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as Catrin Cole
as Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank
as Tom Buckley
as Ellis Cole
as Carl Lundbeck / Brannigan
as Roger Swain
as Raymond Parfitt
as Phyl Moore
as Gabriel Baker
as Secretary of War
as Sammy Smith
as Sophie Smith
as Wyndham Best / Johnnie
as DorisCleavely / Lily
as Angela Ralli-Thomas / Rose
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It feels inappropriate to be moved by a film about propaganda during an era of "alternative facts." Yet I found my soul soothed by Their Finest.
There's a sweet love story and some wonderful work by an array of British actors. My heavens, this is charming, rib-tickling escapism.
The characters' endless revision of the film within the film tends to heighten one's awareness of the compromises that must have gone into the writing of this formulaic piece.
Their Finest is poignant, well-acted, and at times, pretty fun to watch.
Arterton is excellent, her chemistry with Claflin absolute perfection, the two actors disappearing into their respective roles.
Audience Reviews for Their Finest
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, and a stellar cast of British character actors shine a light on the movie making process in which fact gives way to truth in order to tell a compelling story. There is humor and pathos, intrigue and great courage, hardships and sacrifices, all set during the siege of London. Directed by Lone Scherfig, based on a novel by Lissa Evans, I can highly recommend it.
Being released the same year as Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' coming in July, it seems a little coincidental similar referenced film is also released. 'Their Finest' is really about 1940's propaganda film making at the height of WWII, where an unlikely ensemble band together to make something incredible. I must say ever since I saw 'Prince of Persia' in 2012 I've always had a huge crush on Gemma Arterton and this film holds no bars as this is an outstanding performance from her as a Welsh screenwriter, while her chemistry and relationships with the other cast members is superbly delightful. It is in itself a piece of social commentary on the world war 2 period, also on past film industry practices. Admirable as it is as a small scale drama, whilst throwing smart pieces of comedy and romance into it's mix as it's one of the most unique and well accomplished pieces of British Cinema I've seen this year alone. I highly recommend this delightfully crowd pleasing underrated British flick that should be on people watch list this year even if you are definitely thinking of seeing Dunkirk in July.
"They don't make movies like they used to ..." goes the common complaint, but here is a work that directly contradicts that. Set in wartime Britain, a woman gets hired to work on a inspirational movie about women during the war. Drenched in nostalgia for a simpler time it mostly succeeds insofar as romcoms go.
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