Based on the novel “Their Finest Hour and a Half” by Lissa Evans, the British film crew – involving Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin), Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), and several others are tasked to produce propaganda films during the 1940.
Lone Scherfig is one of my favorite British film directors – helmed the utterly brilliant “An Education” (2009) and the respectable “One Day” (2011). “Their Finest” is a tad underwhelming, compared to her previous films.
Propelled by charming performances and beautiful production and costume design, the slightly meandering narrative follows the familiar beats – a film about producing a film (ponder the far superior “Birdman”). “Their Finest” admires and respects the motion picture art form.
Despite the underwhelming narrative, “Their Finest” is an elegant period piece, regardless. B-
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