Their Finest (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 120 minutes
OK for children.
Highlighted by award-quallity
performances by Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy this is a terrifically
involving tale of a woman who becomes involved in making a movie during
The Blitz in 1940. Based on the 2009 novel “Their Finest Hour and a
Half” by Lissa Evans, Catrin Cole (Arterton) is an advertising
copywriter patronizingly hired to write “slop” (female dialogue) for a
film about twin sisters who took a small boat to Dunkirk to try to
rescue stranded British soldiers.
Directed by One
Scherfig, the film never lags. Although I was looking forward to it, I
didn’t know what to expect. While the start was a little slow, as in
most movies, it shortly started to blow me away. I can’t say enough
about Arterton’s performance. I don’t expect to see a better one the
rest of the year. As far as Nighy goes, I think this is his best
performance, by far.
The film shows that
making a movie is like making a sausage. If you watch one being made you
never want to eat one. But if you don’t watch what goes into making a
movie and all you see is the final result, it can captivate you, as this
one did me.
There is nothing
about this film that lets you down. All the supporting cast is terrific
and there’s even a fine cameo by Jeremy Irons as the Secretary of War.