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Their Finest: Bill Nighy is the Best

January 15, 2018


Their Finest is a refreshingly nice take on the people who looked to inspire the British populace during World War 2. Based on the 2009 book Their Finest Hour and a Half  is a look into the film making of the 1940s and its obligation to promote the war effort. Screenwriter Gaby Chiappe does a great job of adapting the book and director Lone Schergif (An Education, One Day) works wonders with the way she balances the multiple themes and the large ensemble.

The film revolves around writer Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton – always great) landing a writing job with the Ministry of Information to add a feminine touch to various scripts. She eventually finds herself becoming one of the writers on a film about the “true” story of two sisters who stole their parents boat and attempted to save soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk. The major hurdle is the sisters boat never made it to Dunkirk, so it’s up to her and writers Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin – dude can act) and Raymond Parfitt (Paul Ritter) to “exaggerate” the truth and inspire the masses.

I loved the scenes featuring the writers figuring out the script because it showed how craftsman took a familiar formula and made it both entertaining and inspiring. The chemistry between the writers is fantastic,  and I can’t think the of last time I was entertained by three people typing. Also, the late addition of an American pilot provides some of the biggest laughs of 2017. Jake Lacy crushes the role of an earnest pilot who has no clue how to act and has to rely on Bill Nighy to teach him.


Their Finest is an incredibly charming film that blends drama with humor and features another fantastic Bill Nighy (dude is the best) performance. Bill Nighy is one of my favorite actors and I loved his charming portrayal of an older actor who has reservations about playing the comedic “drunk uncle” in a minor role. Watching him spar with Gemma Arterton was a highlight of the year and I’d pay to watch another movie with the two of them reprising their roles. In a perfect world Bill Nighy would’ve been nominated for an Academy Award.

Watch Their Finest and embrace a neat tale of film making

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