September 6, 2017
On the surface, Their Finest is a charming romantic comedy set during Britain’s dark days of 1940.
However, as with his An Education, director Lone Scherfig provides a nostalgic, jolly hockey sticks film with a difference, when a Ministry of Information propaganda unit inadvertently creates a really “moving” moving picture. The under-appreciated contributions of women to the war effort is a key theme and Gemma Arterton impresses as the “women’s content” scriptwriter who carves her own path though the male-dominated worlds of film and war.
British national treasure Bill Nighy steals every scene he is in with hilarious send-ups of the acting mannerisms of the period. Careful dialogue, impressive sets, and gorgeous cinematography contribute to the power of the movie within the movie, which tells of a miraculous Dunkirk rescue.
Providing much more than the calm, carry on, cup o’ tea clichés that got the UK through the Blitz, Their Finest is the sort of well-crafted, fun-loving film we can still expect from British cinema.
“…a very enjoyable period piece that wears its heart and intentions on its well starched sleeve.” Matthew Ashdown, Cinevue
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