So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.
Cast: Gemma Arterton (CLASH OF THE TITANS , QUANTUM OF SOLACE , and upcoming STARDOG AND TURBOCAT ), Sam Claflin (ADRIFT , MY COUSIN RACHEL , ME BEFORE YOU , HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY 2 , and upcoming films CHARLIE’S ANGELS  and THE CORRUPTED ), Richard E. Grant (NUTCRACKER , LOGAN , JACKIE , PENELOPE , CORPSE BRIDE , and upcoming films STAR WARS EPISODE IX  and PALM BEACH ), Bill Nighy (THE BOOKSHOP , NORM/NORTH , and upcoming films THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS  and HEIDI: QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN ), and Jack Huston (BEN-HUR , SHROOMS , and upcoming films EARTHQUAKE BIRD  and THE IRISHMAN )
Directed by Lone Scherfig (THE RIOT CLUB , ONE DAY , and AN EDUCATION )
Written by Gaby Chiappe, known for unknown television projects
Composed by Rachel Portman (A DOG’S PURPOSE , RACE , and MONA LISA SMILE )
Cinematography by Sebastian Blenkov (MISS SLOANE  and THE RIOT CLUB)
This is my honest opinion of: THEIR FINEST
Set in World War II, Britain, circa 1940. Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is climbing her way up in the film industry as a writer. Eventually, during Britain’s destruction at the hands of the Germans, the British Ministry of Information film team decides to put together a true story about the Dunkirk evacuation about two women who bravely set out in hostile waters to rescue British soldiers all in the name of boosting national morale. Working with veteran film writer Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) and starring Britain’s finest, yet pickiest, actor Ambrose Hillard (Bill Nighy), they set out working through the destruction, their personal lives, and together to create a movie worthy of remembrance.
Before jumping in to the review, is anyone else tickled by the fact that we have two films about Dunkirk in the same year, the other being Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK (2017) due out this July? I mean, stars-aligned, this is pretty coincidental.
This movie’s going to hold a special place in my heart because it’s basically a fun glimpse into film making back in the 40’s.
But first and foremost, the cast is great. Nighy is hilarious and charismatic, commanding your eyes to focus on him seemingly without effort. But it doesn’t stop there. Arterton does a wonderful job as this talented woman eager to be seen as a creative equal and really stands her ground in a room of high and mighty men. It’s also pretty satisfying to see how respected she becomes by the end of the film, and how much her partners admire her and really listen and take in her ideas. She doesn’t run the show, by any means, but it’s still a nice character arch. And the way the film gets made, the techniques they used to make a beach scene seem full of soldiers and boats, when in actuality it’s just a mat painting on a sheet of glass with two guys in costume looking out at the ocean, it’s really something to watch and does trick the eye. Of course, there’s Nighy getting in the way of the shot to reveal how the illusion is created, making for probably one of the more memorable moments in the movie. Even though I think this movie will be touted as a comedy, there’s more than a few dramatic moments. Buildings get bombed out, people die and the audience sees the bodies, there’s a real emotional weight and heaviness that this movie isn’t afraid to show. I can’t say if this – or for that matter, the original book – are based on true events, but it feels like it could be, considering how much passion it feels like is being thrown into this movie as a whole. I wish I could go on and on about this movie, but the new batch of films are coming out and I don’t like being too far behind. This doesn’t have the widest of releases, but if you happen to see it in your area, I highly recommend it in theaters.
My honest rating for THEIR FINEST: 5/5