“THEIR FINEST” – 8 ½
In a word: Sleeper.
This was a surprise. Based on other reviews and limited showings after release, we assumed this would be, at best, a fair movie, but worth taking a chance. The longer the film went on, the more engaging it became.
Basically, it’s a story centered in England circa 1940, when the populous was subject to air raids by Nazi Germany. The central characters are writers hired on by movie producers to create a story that would convince the U.S. to get involved as an ally.
I’m amazed at some of the sets, how authentic they appeared and the horror of bombings of innocent people for doing virtually nothing to hurt or threaten anyone. Meanwhile, the main character, Catrin Cole (played by Gemma Arteton) is a woman who manages to get hired as one of the screenwriters for the new picture. This is one good actress who drives the story through various windows and plots earning the respect and sympathy of the viewer.
Interesting, how we see the making of a movie in 1940, the sets, the props, actors, writers, director, as the subplot brings us to Dunkirk where one of the great slaughters occurred from Nazi airplanes in the early years of the great war.
The movie provides deep emotion, romance, heartbreaks, family trials and tribulations, politics and, of course, true-to-life terror.
Journeyman British actor, Bill Nighy, plays the aging actor who stars in the sub-movie as a sub-actor, also helping to train other actors and get the movie into production.
Most of these actors are not well known to American viewers, thus the low budget, and likely, very little exposure in the American marketplace. But it should be available as mainstream in all theaters, especially considering some of the sub-par films being released these days.
Good drama. Good acting. Compelling story with many facets, easy to follow. Relatively clean, with minimal bad language and no graphic sexual content.
I give it a 8 ½ out of 10.