Blu-ray Review: THEIR FINEST

THEIR FINEST us based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans. The movie was directed by by Lone Scherfig and stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Rachael Stirling, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons and Bill Nighy.

Their Finest takes place in Britain during World War II and tells the story of a film crew as they create a movie to boost the country’s morale after the Blitz. 1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public.

The movie takes place during the war but puts it in the background and focuses on Catrin and Buckley who really don’t hit it off in the beginning. Catrin is simply trying to find her place in the movie making biz and Buckley is trying to be a little more of a cordial person. The two are paired up together and slowly become friendly with one another while they try to come up with a story that’s good enough to be made into this propaganda film – to boost morale and hopefully bring in a powerful new ally in the war against Germany.

Watching the relationship grow and romance blossom between Catrin and Buckley is the heart and soul of Their Finest but it will also play heavy on your heart as their story plays out. They do get to finish the story together and the movie does ultimately get made – but not without tragedy. Just when things get dark, there’s Ambrose who comes around to lighten everything back up again. He’s a funny old man but he’s wise in his years and full of advice and encouragement. And in the end, their little propaganda film is a crowd pleaser and Catrin finally knows where she belongs in the biz – she’s a writer.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed Their Finest that ended up being mostly a light-hearted period piece but there was this one scene close to the end that will punch you right in the gut with heavy emotion. I thought the story was really interesting and the cast was simply amazing. Watching the two main characters, played wonderfully by Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, slowly come together to give this project life (and some romance) was delightful. And then there’s Bill Nighy who gives the movie its charming humor with his fun performance. I’ve watched Nighy play every character under the sun over the years and this one was such a likable chap. Lone Scherfig did a good job telling the story and bringing it all to life on screen while her cast did the same bringing their project together in the end. Their Finest will be available on Blu-ray+Digital HD Combo Pack on July 11th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 117 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include a making of featurette, audio commentary and digital copy of the movie.

  • “Flickers of Hope: The Making of Their Finest” Featurette (08:18)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Lone Scherfig
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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