I haven't seen many films this year. It has after all been something of a hum-drum movie year with not much to sit up and get animated about. I quite enjoyed Patriot's Day, about the Boston bombing, with Mark Wahlberg. If you have ever been unlucky enough to be close to an IED then you may want to give it a miss, the bombing scenes are done well enough to give you flashback bad dreams. I found the big headline film of the year so far, Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk,' disappointing. Although the three stranded timeline in the script was very clever, and well executed, it didn't add anything to the Dunkirk story for me and the historical misses were just silly. How can you have a movie about 365,000 soldiers being evacuated to England and not one of them, not one, smoked apparently? Certainly, it isn't a patch for me on Leslie Norman's 1958 'Dunkirk,' which nails it in all respects. The soundtrack maintained stress levels throughout and the explanation of how that was achieved in the clip above is interesting. Redemption for the new version comes though in that young people, many or most of whom knew little about the evacuation, started talking about it which is by any measure, a good thing.
If however, you want to put your feet up and enjoy the best of British film making this year then search no further with your remote than to 'Their Finest,' in which Gemma Arterton plays a former secretary who is appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films and joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. Sam Claflin is her prickly love interest while Bill Nighy, well he does what he mostly does in every movie which is to play himself, this time as a character in the propaganda film they are making.
Directed by Lone Scherfig I suppose one could contort this witty and pleasurable 110 minutes into seeing it as a feminist drama. I simply enjoyed a well scripted, acted and directed movie which I can't recommend enough. One for the nights drawing in. Oh, and I think I am very much in love with Gemma Arterton.