Their Finest movie
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast.
Their Finest wiki
Their Finest is a British drama directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Helen McCrory, and Claudia Jessie.
- Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole
- Sam Claflin as Tom Buckley
- Bill Nighy as Ambrose Hilliard and Uncle Frank
- Jack Huston as Ellis Cole
- Jake Lacy as Carl Lundbeck and Brannigan
- Richard E. Grant as Roger Swain
- Helen McCrory as Sophie Smith
- Eddie Marsan as Sammy Smith
- Rachael Stirling as Phyl Moore
- Henry Goodman as Gabriel Baker
- Claudia Jessie as Doris Cleavely and Lily
- Jeremy Irons as Secretary of War
- Stephanie Hyam as Angela Ralli-Thomas and Rose
- Natalia Ryumina as Muriel, Ellis’s friend
- Paul Ritter as Raymond Parfitt
No other country’s film industry can match the British for historical authenticity in period films. So often in this charming movie, I asked myself “How did they create that scene?” I am too young to have experienced WW2 but I remember the war films of the 1950s and I have seen some of the propaganda films of the war years. The mood of the these films is captured perfectly in “Their Finest” (silly title – their finest what?) I would have given 10 / 10 except for one significant weakness. We in the post-9/11 world are used to viewing CCTV film of bombs exploding and we know the extent of the damage to expect. There are scenes in this movie where bombs are supposed to be raining down, yet the damage is little more than one would expect from a large fire-cracker. If a bomb drops on a building, it is unlikely in the extreme that one person will be killed instantly while others standing nearby are totally uninjured. The acting reflects the style of the period beautifully, and comically. Bill Nighy is perfect and everyone else plays their part with enthusiasm. There is a touch of “Monty Python” in the stiff upper lip characters. The story has several engaging sub-plots and touches on a number of issues including feminism, British / USA relations, the changing nature of marriage, and politically-motivated lying. This is a record of how we were 75 years ago. Pity that we smoked so much.