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Their Finest - A Ms. H Movie Review

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  This movie review is mine alone and does not reflect the views of AllGames.

Introduction to Their Finest - A Ms. H Movie Review

This movie seemed to have materialized out of nowhere.  I do not recall seeing any coming attractions or previews of Their Finest.  That being said, I decided to watch the movie on the first day of its release.  Before seeing the movie, and based on the title, I thought Their FInest was a period war film and the title, Their Finest, described the soldiers.  However, I found out even though this movie was set in England in  the 1940’s,  the focus of the movie was not the war but something else.  

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Actors in Their Finest

I think Their Finest casting directors did a good job selectring actors to fit the events of the movie.  The actors spoke with a strong English accent, which in the beginning of the movie was a problem for me to understand clearly. The dialogue reminded me of the scripts in the Agent Carter television show where she seemed to be saying a thousand words a minute.  The good news is as events in the movie moved on, I was able to understand the dialogue better.  

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War-Time England Setting for Their Finest

Usually I’m not a fan of period movies but I quickly got engrossed in Their Finest.  Why? Because the gist of the movie centers around movie script writing not just the 1940’s war.  Even though the movie is set in the 1940’s I enjoyed watching how the script unfolded during this time.  It also confirmed my suspicions that a lot of docudrama add and change events for dramatic appeal to the audience.

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Creativity in Their Finest

If you watch the movie Their Finest, you will probably notice a connection between the script being written and the events that are actually happening in the movie relative to the two main characters played by Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin.  There is an interesting connection brewing between some other characters, but their’s is more of a subplot than anything else.  Even though there is friction at first between Gemma Arterton’s and Sam Slaflin’s character - it’s a given that this situation would change.  It was interesting to me how the writer and director revealed this happening to coincide with the progress of the movie they both were writing.

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For the most part, I thought the character played by Billy Nighy was entertaining in his own way by how he envisioned himself as the ultimate actor.  It was almost comical how he displayed his status as an actor as well.  I think there was a scene where they placed him in the position to talk to Gemma Arterton’s character about a subject that I think would have been realistically discussed with someone who was closer to her.. such as the other head writer. However, this character was not given a prominent role in the movie, so I guess that’s why Bill Nighy got this  part.  After watching the movie, you will know which scene I’m referring to.

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Words to Live By in Their Finest

No spoiler alerts here. I will not spoil  what happens in the movie, mainly because I think this is a movie well worth seeing.  However, at one point when the main character demonstrates disinterest in what she was doing because of something that happened, one of the characters said to her .. “Life is so precarious… seems a shame to waste it.”  In another scene in the movie also when she is becoming withdrawn another character says to her “It’s a shame to give death a dominion over life.”  I think these words are food for thought.  I would like to add that during the movie, raids were going on, so no one knew when bombs would drop as well as wreak havoc and destruction.

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Assessment of  Their Finest

I think Their Finest was well written and the actors did an excellent job of bringing the action of this movie to life, even if it was based in the 1940’s.  I believe the movie script writing was creatively done with some tie-ins to what was happening in the lives of the main characters.  I liked how a statement made in a conversation that was not directly connected to the movie , was actually used in the final film. To give you a hint -- it’s about who fixed the broken propeller on the boat.  Additionally,  I liked how the movie stayed true to the movie-making of the times.  It was interesting to me how the English film being made about the war talked about bringing in an American because of political reasons and the writers had to come up with a storyline to support that.  Overall, I would say this movie was entertaining, intriguing and kept my interest throughout.

Rating of Their Finest

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Their Finest 3 1/2 stars.


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