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Their Finest

Their Finest
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Paul Ritter, Helen McCrory and Eddie Marsan

Rated: R for some language and a scene of sexuality.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: April 21, 2017 Released by: STX Entertainment

Story and character matters to Denmark's Lone Scherfig (Italian For Beginners, An Education) in an absorbing British wartime drama romantic comedy concerned with moviemaking, not to mention empowerment.  Her overall rendering of Their Finest is droll, yet difficult with taut, interesting strokes.

During the Blitzkrieg of 1940 in London, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton of Quantum of Solace, Gemma Bovery) looks to be a secretary but happens to get into scriptwriting in the film division of the Ministry of Information with scenarists Buckley (Sam Claflin) and Parfitt (Paul Ritter).

An actual account of female twins who partook in the Dunkirk boat lift leads to a feature production as the writers accede to the United States, casting one of their military men (Jake Lacy). Longtime star Ambrose, veteran Bill Nighy (Love Actually, About Time, Shaun of the Dead), is disconcerted about not getting the plum part; instead he is the boozy uncle.

A polished production lets the time and place take firm hold to let the unfolding events have meaning. Thus, the performers are able to display their full-bodied nature with support and shading warmly offered from a sentient Scherfig and her writer Gaby Chiappe that has the ability to related the unexpected.

Arterton has a charismatic way from the way Catrin deals with the pressures of this venture as well as a struggling artist spouse (Jack Huston) who is miffed about her increased revenue stream. The percolating cajoling between Catrin and Buckley may not follow conventional lines, and Nighy headlines the auxiliary thespians with his consummate wry grace. Not to mention the scene-stealing acumen of Ambrose's sibling agents acted by Helen McCrory and Eddie Marsan.

Their Finest has an effective understated connotation for the war effort and the newfangled opportunities from vocations and the fulfillment that corresponds to it; included in that is the lesser known distaff role that has prescient topical intonation that will make for a very agreeable time at the art-house and hopefully beyond.

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Gerry Matt Claudette Jennifer Audralee  Avg. 
Their Finest        B+                     B+ 

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