Feels traditional, but with modern subtext
- Their Finest review by Champ
I didn't think I would be prey to a traditional yarn like this, but I loved it. It felt like one of the Sunday afternoon films of my youth, but scratch the surface and it's not that old-fashioned at all. The story gave a real sense of women starting to take advantage of the new opportunities that the war enabled for them, and how high the mountain was that they had to climb to gain equality.
The performances were all great, with Bill Nighy stealing the show, and Gemma Arterton giving a pitch perfect performance of a young woman in the 40s. I loved the romance, but (retrospectively) admire the decision the film-makers made to make the main story much bigger that the romantic sub-plot.
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
So-so British Film about a Female Screenwriter during WWII
- Their Finest review by PV
This film is based on a novel (called THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF) - which is by a female author giving the issue of WWII and Dunkirk a very female slant.
And so it is here, as we follow unlikely screenwriter who's writing an even more unlikely female-led movie (two twin sisters to star indeed!), to try and get the USA into the war.
Well, the first half of the film is fine - obviously low budget, and the sort of film that relies on state funding (wait till the end to see the BBC and EU subsidy flags).
The second half drags terribly with silly, unnecessary a d unbelievable plot twists. These may be the original novel's fault BUT an adaptation of a novel does NOT have to be faithful. You can cut out what you want when adapting it for film.
My favourite bits were the hammy wooden film acting scenes which reminded me of the much classier movie ED WOOD.
I also liked location spotting - it's filmed largely in Swansea's Guidhall.
3 stars. JUST. It'd have been 2 stars without Bill Nighy!
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Their Finest - worth seeing
- Their Finest review by IanF
Their Finest is an enjoyable drama about the home front, particularly British movies made for propaganda, in WW2. See it!
Ok so I haven't said enough yet - Gemma Arterton was charming as usual, as was Bill Nighy, all the acting was well done, underplaying in the British way. Probably won't do too well in the US market for that reason.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.