Based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half, Their Finest follows the story of writer Catrin Cole who is hired by the by the government to help write the screenplay to a more realistic and emotional story of two twins who saved a group of soldiers during Dunkirk. Tasked with creating the more feminine dialogue Catrin gains the respect of head writer Tom Buckley and a spark becomes apparent (a spark Catrin can't follow trough with because of her relationship with artist husband). When the film's producer and writers find out the story of the twins may not be as truthful as once thought Catrin and the team rush to turn the story around, still keeping in with the initial premise. With the war destroying London, a film picking up a full head of steam and a will they won' they love story, Their finest brings everything to the table.
Created by the same people behind the film One Day (you must see this is you have not already) Their Finest is a highly emotional film. Gemma Arterton is great as Catrin, see is feisty and fights her corner in an era of male egos. You could see her as a writer in the war, you could feel the passion for her craft. I didn't realise the character of Tom was played by Sam Claflin though, I spent the whole film thinking he was Nicholas Hoult!, seriously they could play brothers. Bill Nighy put in yet another great performance aswell as aging actor Ambrose Hilliard, with his brash actor bravado and his growing romance with his new agent, which is a nice side story to fill in the gaps, it makes his character likeable. Nighy also adds in the comic relief, something he does very well.
This is created by the same people who did One Day, as I already mention, so expect some heartbreaking scenes. The war happening around the film takes you right into what live must have been like in a more street style, but this isn't the heartbreaking moment, that you will have to wait and witness yourself.
This fine is one of the best examples of British cinema and writing I have seen in such a long time, I love seeing the writing process and the chemistry between the three writers (mostly the growing attraction between Catrin and Tom), I feel the war setting was a perfect choice for such a film too. The flowing inclusion of the real life twins and their continued story, even if they were not seen really apart from when Catrin visits them, was nice to hear. The final part of the film is so well done also, and threatens to get you weeping in into your popcorn. This is a must see, a great film to see at the cinema too.