Their Finest is a 2016 British war comedy-drama film. Directed by Lone Scherfig and screenplay by Gaby Chiappe, based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans. This movie shows us, step by step, how to make an uplifting propaganda film. You won’t want to miss it!
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. . . . Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter . . . her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinée idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy).
The irresistible and invaluable Nighy delivers a hilarious spin on Peter O’Toole’s vainglorious ham in ‘My Favorite Year.’ Nighy’s sense of timing is masterful, as are his scene-stealing bonafides. His bit about an actor’s vocal warm-ups is funnier than most of this season’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’
—Eleanor Ringel Cater, Saporta Report
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Cater, E. (2017). ‘Their Finest’ – Simply put, it all works – SaportaReport. Saporta Report. Retrieved from https://saportareport.com/finest-simply-put-works/
Their Finest. (2017). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved from https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/their_finest_2017