Their FinestApril. 06,2017
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During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Gemma Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and Francesca Knight) who undertook their own maritime mission to rescue wounded soldiers are met with mixed feelings by a dismissive all-male staff.
The only good things to take away from this film were the performances of Bill Nighy and his agents. It was overly sentimental and the characters had neither chemistry nor believability.
During the Blitz a struggling copywriter gets a job to help write a propaganda film about the Dunkirk evacuation, but the men in her life are not always helpful ...Lovely period drama, with a good balance of humour and hurt, and well produced all round. It's a long run time, but the pace is good, and the location switches keep the interest up. The story is love in a time of war, and there are several ups and downs amid the grim cruelty, with the added irony of the characters suffering the screenwriter's trick that they themselves apply: keep upping the ante until they have no choice but to resolve their predicament. There's also amusement in the camera trickery.One complaint: there is a brutal twist, which does tie in with the theme of life not being structured like stories, but I am bewildered by it and feel it wasn't handled right.Some of the humour comes from the chemistry between the screenwriters, but mostly from the crew on set down by the seaside, where Bill Nighy is on good form. The lead actress shows how good she is with quality material, and the cast delivers a solid performance. I particularly liked the scene with the twin sisters in Devon.Overall: Heartening romance that lets in the light and the dark.
There have been countless movies about WWII. Most of them focus on the men in uniform, out in combat. Less gets shown of the women behind the scenes. Lone Scherfig's "Their Finest" focuses on a woman writing scripts for short information films in the United Kingdom. One of the things that I noticed is that it takes place around the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, recently depicted in Christopher Nolan's movie. That seems to be a popular topic these days, as is Winston Churchill (he's gotten depicted in several productions over the past year).It's not a masterpiece, but it pulls no punches in showing the horror of the air raids on London by Nazi forces, and the characters are developed enough so that the viewer cares about them. Gemma Arterton turns in a fine performance in the lead role, with good support from the rest of the cast (including Bill Nighy and Eddie Marsan).* I recommend the movie.*Incidentally, right after watching this I watched "The Limehouse Golem", in which those two also starred.
Wartime-set drama (during the Blitz), that's part cap-tip to working women, part acclamation to the power of cinema.Arterton as the lead, Catrin, is hired early on as the sole woman on a small script writing team for the Ministry of Information, looking to the inspire the many at home and Americans abroad into joining the war in one swoop.Arterton is solid enough in her portrayal, and the script nuanced enough to push the stories & plight of women in general with tact -- no grandstanding here -- and she's an entertaining, bright foil to Sam Claflin's lead-writer Buckley.The romantic sub-plots here are a little to predictable, as is the denouement, thought Catrin is interesting enough for these to be passed off as forgivable.The film clearly takes some delight in it's portrayal of old-timey film-making, and the actors working on them (Bill Nighy a deft-hand here as usual).Entertaining, charming stuff here with a nice trim running time and engaging performances. Nothing especially stellar.