Their Finest tells the story of a former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.
The best thing about the film, and what the English seem to do so well, is make films that a light hearted and funny while talking about something that’s ever so serious in the shift of women in society during the Second World War. Gemma Arterton is an ever brilliant actress and it was great to see her back on the screen again, proving to the world that she’s a terrific leading lady. She has such great chemistry, whether that be comedic or dramatic, with Sam Clafin’s Tom Buckley as they worked together on the screenplay for a film.
Proving that there’s no stopping him, Bill Nighy proves he still has some fight in him as he continues to make us laugh and fall in love with him all over again in yet another top tier performance.
Even though it proves to be a coherently simple film, Their Finest gives us real characters in an interesting side of the world at the time of the Second World War that wasn’t exactly covered. Many films about the wars show the fighting and the bloodshed that occurred, which is totally legitimate, especially if it takes a different perspective on the events that we all know so well. What Their Finest shows is the control the studios and producers have over the creative process so they can feed the audiences a positive image of the allies during that time.
Despite it not being a ground breaking film, it does prove to be more than enjoyable. And even if you’re not interested in the filmmaking process, Their Finest proves to be a sucker of a good drama.