Bill Nighy steals the show in this star-studded ‘Dramedy’…

It seems that every year brings us that one great critically acclaimed war movie! 2014 bought us The Imitation Game, with Eye in the Sky taking the top spot in 2015 and Hacksaw Ridge the year after that. I know we’re not even half way through 2017 with a lot of films still to come, but I can almost guarantee that Their Finest will take the crown this year.

This British film is adapted from Lissa Evans’ novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half. Set in London during the Second World War, it focuses around the British ministry, who turn to propaganda films to help boost morale.


It soon becomes clear that the films could use a female touch and so, the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton – Quantum of Solace) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the women’s dialogue to make it more believable.

Before long, her natural talent gets noticed by a witty scriptwriter/producer named Buckley (Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games). The two of them end up working together on making an epic feature based on the Dunkirk rescue – starring a delicate egocentric actor, Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy – Love Actually).

As bombs are falling around them, they (alongside their cast and crew) work tirelessly to make a film that will hopefully warm the hearts of the nation.


Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin have genuine on screen chemistry. There are moments where their characters start to sway towards familiar territory, but just when you think things are becoming too cliché, the movie takes a sharp turn. I’m referring to one scene in particular but I won’t spoil things for you.

It is – as expected – Bill Nighy who steals the show with his effortless ways. He delivers some wonderfully witty lines whilst treating the audience to that raised eyebrow – you know the one!

Overall, Their Finest is not the laugh-out-loud film that the marketing will have you believe and is more of a slow-burner than I was expecting. That being said, when the dialogue is this good, I can look past the pacing issues.

I will say this though – walk into your screening expecting more of a Drama than a Comedy and you’ll get much more out of it.

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Genres: Drama & Comedy

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Rachael Stirling & Richard E Grant

Running Time: 1hr 57mins

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

Watch Their Finest and much more at Showcase Cinema De Lux, Peterborough. Visit for the latest up-to-date show times. You can also join the chat on Twitter @showcasecinemas or on Facebook by searching for ‘Showcase Cinemas’.

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