Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country of Origin: UK 2016 117 mins. (12A)
Released by Lionsgate
It's 1940, the Blitz, the darkest days of World War II and Welsh copy-writer Caitrin's (Gemma Arterton) husband Ellis's (Jack Huston) gloomy paintings aren't selling, they're short of cash so she lands a job at the Ministry of Information where the Head of Film Division Roger Swain (Richard E. Grant) thinks that her copy writing skills will add a female perspective to propaganda films. Lift morale and hopefully get the Americans off the fence and into the war. Caitlin settles in and comes up with a cracker. Two sisters used their father's boat to sail from Southend to Dunkirk to pick up soldiers from the beaches. It's an epic story line but can Caitrin keep it with the two sisters or will the powers to be drop in two men instead. There's no gender equality here.
Adapted by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans' novel 'Their Finest Hour and a Half,' this film within a film is a sit back, relax, smile and enjoy an engaging period comedy drama. The cast are excellent. Sam Claflin provides the love interest, Jeremy Irons does the Secretary of War bit, Jake Lacy fills the American matinee idol slot, Eddie Marsan pops up as Sammy Smith, ageing actor Ambrose Hilliard's (Bill Nighy) agent and Helen McCrory's razor sharp tongue comes into play as talent agent Sophie Smith. And who steals the show? Bill Nighy of course. He's a hoot.