"Their Finest" looked like it would be an interesting film, and it fit perfectly between the films I was seeing at the film festival, so I went ahead and saw it.
I don't think that I was expecting what I got with this film. I figured that it was going to be a filmmaking comedy set during wartime, a la "Hail, Caesar!", but instead, it was more of a wartime romantic drama with some comedic elements. It still works, but it was a drastic change of pace from what I thought it would be, and that may have changed my opinion a bit. The characters in the film are developed well enough. I think that my issue is that the scale of the film falls at the point where it isn't small enough to be an excellent character-driven story, but it isn't big enough to be an exciting war film. I'm not saying that the film is badly written. On the contrary, I thought it was interesting, and I did chuckle a few times, but it wasn't quite as good as I had hoped.
The film is very well-made, though. The production design is very impressive in periodizing the film. The cinematography for the film-within-a-film is used well for the establishment of the layers. All of the actors deliver good performances, especially Arterton, Claflin, and Nighy.
Overall, "Their Finest" is a pretty good wartime romantic dramedy with an interesting story about British propaganda filmmaking. It's not worth rushing out to see, but if it is playing nearby and you are a fan of the genre, it is a good watch.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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