On an original subject (the shooting of a film under the bombing) Lone SCHERFIG offers us a melodrama a lot less interesting than "An Education" === Sur un sujet original (tourner un film sous les bombardements) Lone SCHERFIG nous offre un mélo convenu très en deça de "An Education".
As a feminist treatise, this film is compelling (the context of women breaking through patriarchal cracks in industry in WWII era), as a depiction of war, it is variable (great on depicting the making of propaganda but short on contextual exposition), but the characterisation of romance was far too formulaic, with enough 'deus ex machina' moments underscored by a swelling soundtrack that remained mawkish and clunky.
A charming and sentimental film that often misses the mark on charm and sentiment. The big, important moments are always undercut and rushed, leaving an idea that the film was trimmed in the wrong places. Still, Arterton and Nighy are delightful (as always) and Jake Lacy continues to prove himself as a comedy talent.
This charming blitz set tale about a film crew making a timely film on Dunkirk is a quite wonderful adaptation of the Lissa Evans novel that reps Scherfig's best film since 'An Education'. Gemma Arterton is very effective here but Bill Nighy steals the film every single second he's on screen. Refreshingly old fashioned and very charming throughout.
The movie created itself as unnecessary to be analyzed any deeper. It fell to the usual cliche, and even more formulaic than the fake film on the story. It's really irritating of course, to see highly talented actors with highly potential story idea to be wasted. But the movie didn't want you to be stressed, just pretend you're too tired to think, and enjoy the light flick..and in the end, it's not really that bad.
There's an interesting conceit underneath it all but Their Finest seems slipshod in many parts (some characters, such as Nighy's are a bit too modern to pass muster as war-time folk). It's all a bit plodding and the only thing one learns from it is British cinema can be every bit as dreary when entrusted to a foreign director.