Their Finest

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Verdict: 
8/10 - An uplifting and entertaining film that will leave a smile on your face.
Release Date: 
Friday, April 21, 2017
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Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton star as screenwriters who help make a propaganda film to help boost morale during World War II.

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In Their Finest, Gemma Arterton plays Catrin Cole, a Welsh woman who has moved to London with her husband Ellis (Jack Huston) and gets a job at the film division at the Ministry of Information.

It is there that she is put in charge of writing 'the slop', aka women's dialogue, alongside lead screenwriters Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) and Raymond Parfitt (Paul Ritter) for short informational videos.

The screenwriters are then tasked with making a morale-boosting film about two girls who sail a boat from the English coast to France in order to help soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuation, meaning Catrin has a bigger job to do.

Once the script is done, the team head to the Devon coast to shoot the movie, with cast members including famous actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), a self-absorbed man hurt about having to play a drunken uncle, and U.S. pilot Carl Lundbeck (Jake Lacy), who has no acting experience whatsoever.

Their Finest is considered a drama but it is light-hearted, heart-warming and full of comedy moments, such as Carl trying to act, the many technical issues that arise throughout production and every time Ambrose opens his mouth.

It also sheds light on important issues such as sexism and misogyny in the workplace and shows how far society has come since then and how much still needs to be done.

For example, Catrin isn't taken seriously as a writer, she isn't paid as much as the men and when she was hired, she thought she was going to be given a secretarial post.

Claflin is best known for blockbustersThe Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman, where he mostly played good-looking and confident characters, so it's refreshing to see him play the stubborn, grumpy Buckley, who falls in love with Catrin but can't bring himself to do anything about it.

Arterton is equally brilliant as a headstrong but vulnerable woman who wants to have a job rather than support her husband's art career and she boasts a very convincing Welsh accent.

Nighy plays the same character he plays in all his films but his shtick works well and he is the perfect fit for the egotistical Ambrose.

Their Finest ticks many boxes as it is a romance, a comedy, and a war film and this balance works surprisingly well and gives the audience one charming and entertaining film.

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