Movie Review: THEIR FINEST
Star Rating (out of 5): *****
Going to the movies has become a tedious affair, but every now and then you come across a gem that reminds you why you first fell in love with movies. THEIR FINEST is such a gem, and incidentally it’s about the movie business – during World War II in Britain.
However, this period comedy drama also tackles the universal themes of odd romance, creative ambition and the pivotal, yet frequently forgotten role women play in great moments of history. As British film struggles to motivate the bomb-ridden motherland for the war effort, a young woman realizes her dream to make her voice heard in the film world. Her contribution makes a tremendous difference, but it also brings dramatic change to her personal life.
As I’ve already given away above, this is the rare case of a film that pretty much gets everything right. The writing is superb, the pace and visual style fit the story like a glove and the cast is absolutely stunning, led by the wonderfully present Gemma Arterton. Her co-star Sam Claflin is equally impressive, supported by giants like Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant and Jeremy Irons.
Bad is too big of a word for any small flaw this might have. One huge surprising twist in the 2nd Act might throw you off (OK, no spoilers!), but it’s worth staying on board for the rest of the film, I promise.
THEIR FINEST is the kind of deeply satisfying experience most of us want from a great story – you’ll laugh and cry, you’ll be impressed and surprised, and you’ll even learn a thing or two about an amazing era of sacrifice and true heroism. Definitely one of the finest films of 2017.
Review By: CHRIS SILBER