Parents' Guide to

Their Finest

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sparkling WWII drama offers different take on toll of war.

Movie R 2017 117 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Beautifully constructed, thoughtful and satisfying

Their Finest is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time - I totally agree with the official Commonsense review. It is a classic British movie - brilliantly acted by a wonderful cast. There is a gentle humour that permeates much of the movie. It is very well crafted - the backdrop of the war, and particularly the horrors of the Blitz in London, are always hovering, but disconcertingly understated as the characters continue to live normal lives on a superficial level (cup of tea?). Gender issues and the effect of the war on women's roles in society were well conveyed. The lead female character was strong and well-developed, but some of the relationships, and one sex scene in particular, make this unsuitable for younger viewers. The relationships in the movie were captivating, and the overall effect was of a gentle, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting movie.

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This World War II drama sparkles with wit, grace, and surprising humor. It ignores all of the usual ways to tell WWII stories, instead tackling events from the point of view of those who were left behind in London and tasked with boosting morale and helping to bring the United States into the Allies' fold. The storyline also mines the challenges that women faced at the time, as well as the heartache that the British had to manage by, yes, keeping calm and carrying on in the face of constant bombings and adversity.

This war story is set not on the battlefields -- though we do learn about them -- but on the city streets and in the citizenry's inner resolve. To a person, the cast is superb, though Arterton and Claflin are sometimes overshadowed by an even more finely tuned supporting cast. Another (small) quibble: The film is a tad overlong, with a few too many characters to track, though that's forgivable given the finished product. Their Finest is fine filmmaking indeed.

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