Their Finest

Their Finest becomes a small group piece with a lot to say

During World War Two, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), a young Welsh secretary, is looking for a job after moving to London. When she accidentally takes up a position as a writer at the Ministry of Information-Film Division, she starts to produce scripts for an array of adverts and films. Aided by her new writing partner Buckley (Sam Claflin), Catrin begins her journey in creating a film tasked with inspiring the nation.

Arterton’s calm yet composed form sets a precedent for the whole film. Wonderful in her role as Catrin, she portrays a commanding ability for progress and the film thrives off this. With Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy in excellent supporting roles, Their Finest becomes a small group piece with a lot to say. The storyline flows nicely and Lone Scherfig has created a great piece which is essentially behind the scenes footage and focuses on bringing the finest quality to all areas.

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Their FInest is an incredibly passionate film and this makes it fascinating from a historical sense as well as one of pure enjoyment. It is certainly an achievement to create a film of great interest, particularly as a period piece which all too often lend themselves to boredom. There is a real resilience within the film and it only let’s itself down when it’s calm demeanor cannot bring about the climactic emotional elements with the levels of vigor they need to become effective. They never appearing as strong as they should or with enough emotional clout. Nevertheless, this is merely a gripe rather than a film-breaking issue.

Their Finest is a proud film, and it is directed in a quietly naive fashion but in the most admirable sense of the word. It feels that as Catrin is learning, so is the film. Each scene slightly wiser than the last. The storyline slots in nicely and with a sprinkling of humour the performances blossom beautifully. It’s a purely enjoyable film with a big heart and a mind perfectly ready to learn.

4/5

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