DVD Review: Their Finest
London, 1940. The war ministry needs a new hit film. Not just any film, but a good old propaganda films wrapped up like a Hollywood hit. Something to get the British public’s spirit a wee lift. But no one seems to have any decent ideas, until Catrin Cole gets noticed and hired. She’s a woman which is understandably a bit of an issue, but boy does she have a flair for writing. Not stuffy old white male writing, but the sort of stuff that might just move a nation.
But still, it’s London, it’s 1940 and the aging former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard just has to be the star. Not only does his career need a boost, but the British public still look up to him.
Of course it’s London, and it’s 1940, so Milliard being a male and being the lead actor has more say in the script than the lowly female script writer, so not only do we have a fight for the hearts and minds of the British public, but we have a battle of the sexes, a fight for the voice of women to be heard.
We also have one of the greatest stories of the war, Dunkirk. No, not the Nolan epic, rather a true story. embellished to hell and back, but one that if done right, could prove top be the finest film made during the war.
Their Finest is a charming little British drama that will warm the cockles of your heart, with typically funny performance by Bill Highy and a feisty performance by Gemma Arterton who not only has to fight against the establishment but also her bohemian boyfriend.
Rating: M Sex scenes & offensive language.