Benjamin Maio Mackay
Their Finest - 4 Stars
Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton shine in this charming British war film.
A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.
While embedded in a time of crisis and disaster this film manages to capture a human determination often left out of more serious war-dramas. The comedic aspect of the film also alleviates some of the tensions of the war. It’s written very well by Gaby Chiappe and Director Lone Scherfig has done an excellent job of bringing the screenplay to life. Each character is well structured with a story-arc and a cinematic purpose - there’s no “deadwood” in the cast.
The actors are extraordinary, Sam Claflin is a tremendous talent, as is Gemma Arterton. Bill Nighy steals every scene he’s in as an ego-centric actor and Rachael Stirling also offers a wonderful performance.
Overall this film is one of the most enjoyable war time films I’ve ever seen, but be warned it does still have a sad conclusion!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas