Yes, it’s probably destined to be a perennial Sunday afternoon favourite along with all the other cosy feelgood historical fare, but THEIR FINEST has a fair bit of bite to it as well. It has what SUFFRAGETTE (dignified as it was) was missing: some palpable anger. Never mind the insult delivered to Catrin (Gemma Arterton), “obviously they can’t pay you as much as the chaps”, but women screenwriters didn’t even receive a writing credit for the considerable valuable work they contributed to the war effort. The film industry may still have a way to go to achieve true equality, but at least we’ll never go back to the days of anonymous “script girls”. Yes, Their Finest doesn’t quite stick the landing as either a particularly convincing romance or as an act of significant historical reassessment, but it’s got a bit of attitude and it’s very watchable with good turns from Arterton and Bill Nighy. SSP
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