Their Finest


British film based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a half by Lissa Evans and tells the story of the British Ministry of Information film team creating a morale boosting film during the London Blitz.

Release Date:- 21st April

Review Date:- 23rd April

Directed By: Lone  Scherfig

Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole

Sam Claflin as Tom Buckley

Bill Nighy as Ambrose Hilliard

Jack Huston as Ellis Cole

Helen McCrory as Sophie Smith

Eddie Marsan as Sammy Smith

Jake Lacy as Carl Lundbeck

Racharl Stirling as Phyl Moore

Richard E Grant as Roger Swain

Henry Goodman as Gabriel Baker

Claudia Jessie as Doris Cleavely (Lily)

Stephanie Hyam as Andela Ralli-Thomas (Rose)


Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) a former secretary is hired by the British Ministry as a Propaganda film scriptwriter during World War II and is tasked in helping writing a morale boosting film along with feeling scriptwriters Tom and Raymond. The film set in War time London during the Blitz and takes in Devon whilst they film the outside shots of the film that the scriptwriters have done. Catrin has come to London with her husband Ellis (whilst she later says they’re not married), and hears of a story about 2 sisters who borrowed their father’s boat to help with the Dunkirk evacuation but Catrin finds that the story is not actually true but have never been corrected. Catrin uses their story as the backdrop to the film that they start writing and turns the film into the scriptwriting with film making and the developing romance between Catrin and Tom. Without ruining the film the ending is more sad than happy but the film was top notch, the cast where superb and Sam and Gemma shone as did Bill and Rachael even if in just supporting roles. I’m liking Sam Claflin acting more and more and I’ve always been a fan of Gemma Arterton and feel she is becoming a better actress and more suited to more varied roles.


I would love to give this film a 9 it deserves but I just wished it had a happier ending, I do love the fact that Rotten Tomato site had this done as a comedy, if you went to see this as a Comedy you would be very disappointed, Bill Nighly does give some comical aspect in parts of the film but this a Drama type film but I wouldn’t say a romantic one even with the blossoming but brief romance between Catrin and Tom. This is a film I will watch again and it certainly lived up to what I had hoped for even if I wanted a happy ending so I’m going to give it  8½/10

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