Oh! what a lovely war
A great ensemble cast put in a sterling war effort in this smart drama , writes Tara Brady THEIR FINEST ★★★★ Directed by Lone Scherfig. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Helen McCrory, Jack Huston, Richard E. Grant, Rachael Stirling, Henry Goodman, Jeremy Irons. Cert 12A, gen release, 117mins Looking back to the unlovely 2013 flop Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, it hardly seems fair that Hansel (the perfectly capable Jeremy Renner) has subsequently been seen by billions of punters (thank you, Marvelverse), while his more talented co-star Gemma Arterton has failed to set the box office alight, even when she appears in such terrific movies as The Girl with All the Gifts.
Arterton does tremendous work in this second World War drama from Lone Scherfig, bringing a rare vulnerability to a Blitz-era heroine where a lesser thespian might have opted for full-blown Stiff Upper Lip: picture Brief Encounter’s Celia Johnson with a Welsh lilt.
Following on from Hidden Figures’ recent excavation of overlooked herstory, this adaptation of Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half examines the role of women on the home front.
During the 1940 bombing of London, talented copywriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) is drafted in by the Ministry of Information’s Film Division to bring a female perspective to their propaganda reels.
“Obviously we can’t pay you as much as the chaps,” her supervisor (Richard E Grant) explains matter-of-factly.
Soon after, she’s dispatched to interview twin sisters who helped bring soldiers home during the evacuation of Dunkirk. The details, she
On script Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy in Their Finest