Their Finest (12A)
2016 ( UK | Sweden ) ( Comedy, Drama, Romance )
DIRECTOR: Lone Scherfig
STARRING: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realising 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 what the War Office hopes will be a rousing propaganda feature film about the Dunkirk evacuation.
There’s something appealingly old-fashioned about “Their Finest”, a film that recalls with warmth and humour the glory days of British cinema, and includes some lovely acting, particularly from Nighy. It effortlessly combines comedy and wartime drama to crowd-pleasing effect.