Their Finest (2017)

Director: Lone Scherfig

Writer: Gaby Chiappe (Screenplay) Lissa Evans (Novel)

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E Grant, Jeremy Irons

 

Plot: A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Charming War Time Story

 

Story: Their Finest starts in the middle of World War II England, Catrin Cole (Arterton) takes a job on what she thought was a secretary role but it turns out to be a scriptwriter role for propaganda films to show how important the women were during the war.

Getting hired with a story about twin women that help in the Dunkirk rescue, the film must go on with Tom Buckley (Claflin) leading the writing, it turns into a battle between the two to show the strength of the women instead of the male hero in film. Full of himself actor Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy) is hired to the film and continues the clash between the genders but can this film inspire the way it is meant to?

When the Secretary of War (Irons) hears about the film, he commissions the inclusion of an American to help sell the war effort to America and how the everyday person is willing to fight and now the film is ready to be shot.

 

Thoughts on Their Finest

 

Characters/PerformanceCatrin is a secretary who finds herself working on propaganda scripts during World War II. She makes an impact on the film making process by bring forward a story of two brave women who tried to help in Dunkirk. This is a strong minded leading lady who doesn’t want to let the men in her life control her. Tom Buckley is the lead scriptwriter that clashes with Catrin before seeing the potential in the story and offers the chance to be a love interest for Catrin through the movie making process. Ambrose Hilliard is the big-name actor the studio always goes for, he is reluctant to take the film offer but soon learns what he can offer the production.

Performance wise, Gemma Arterton is great in the leading role showing she can take the roles that are around the strong women characters. Sam Claflin is also great in his role getting away from the early career where I often wondered if he could be a leading star. Bill Nighy gets to have a lot of fun in his role where he also gets the serious moments down too.

StoryThe story of how the film world wanted to inspire people to continue the fight against the Germans during World War II, this side of the story I found very interesting, I did also like the idea of trying to show the importance of women during the war and just how this film being made was to show this. What I found slightly frustrating was what felt like the tagged in romance side of the film which at times felt very forced.

Comedy/Romance/WarThe comedy works to the levels they need to without being a laugh a moment, the romance side of the film as I previously said felt forced with the war side of the film being very important to see how the nation was being effected by the conflict.

SettingsThe settings show the Britain during World War II, we see the destruction aftermath from the bombings and the struggles the people went through during the war.

Final ThoughtsThis is one for all the history fans out there, we get to see how an idea of a movie could give people hope during a time where people could feel hopeless. The film making process has been done before and sure we can enjoy this side of everything but the strong minded leading woman is always going to be a draw as we keep looking back to see just how important they were during the war effort.

 

Overall: One for all the people that enjoy a good charming film.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 14 – Principal Charming

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Season 2

Episode 14 – Principal Charming

Couch Gag – This time the couch turns into a roll out bed so they can lay and watch the television.

Plot SynopsisAfter attending a co-worker’s wedding, Selma begins to fear she will die alone. However, when Homer tries to set her up with Principal Skinner, he falls for Patty instead.

What is going on reallyWhen Homer wants to try a new BBQ all you can eat restaurant, this calls for Marge to need to call on Patty and Selma to babysit after a wedding they have attended. After this Selma is feeling unloved wishing she could meet someone, turning to Marge for help.

Homer gets assigned with the task of finding a man for Selma in full Terminator mode which has plenty of extra laughs, Bart decides to learn about science pulling off his biggest prank to date with Skinner (doing a full Hitchcock references going up the stairs).

This brings Homer into see Principal Skinner his prime candidate for Selma, but the plan backfires when Skinner falls for Patty. What follows is Seymour being madly in love and Patty finally letting him in with Selma’s loneliness growing and the school falling apart while he is distracted.

Star Character

Selmapatty

Final ThoughtsThis episode is a much deeper episode than we have seen before, one because we focus on a story mostly outside the main Simpson family and two because it does address loneliness in a certain age. I did like this episode a lot, I feel this episode gave the show the chance to have episode about other people in Springfield not just the main family.

Rating 5/5