“It’s never for anything. Why do you think that people like films? It’s because stories are structured; have a shape, a purpose, a meaning; and when things gone bad they’re still a part of a plan; there’s a point to them. Unlike life.” – Tom Buckley
Number of Times Seen – 1 (31 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young woman seeking a job as a secretary ends up becoming a scriptwriter for British war propaganda films in order to help boost the morale of the nation during the Blitz.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard about for probably over a year and never got around to watching it.
Tnx Jay (as always)
I must admit, that I was expecting something much more inspiring, but they still do a very nice job with this story.
The homefront during a war is a great place to tell a story and they do it really well here.
We get to see the hardships people faced which eventually led to more women joining the workforce that was almost entirely occupied by men at the time, but due to a shortage of men (ie the war), businesses were forced to hire women.
Gemma Arterton is great in the lead and she does a wonderful job starting out in a very quiet kind of role and slowly blossoms throughout the course of the movie into someone who understands her place even better and want to make changes for the better.
One of the things that really helps make this film work is it unpredictability; many scenes feature surprises that we never expect and that raises the stakes as things move forward.
The idea to have a film within a film here also works well because it gives us added insight into clues and messages of things that are happening all around but might not be clearly stated.
Bottom Line – Nicely done film that wasn’t as inspiring as I had expected yet still manages to do a wonderful job telling the story of those on the homefront trying to help war morale. Arterton is great here in a quiet role that teaches her so much about working in a ‘man’s world’ at a time when it was unheard of for a woman to wield such power. The story works mostly b=due to its surprises that help make this film very unpredictable especially when they lead us to believe one thing and then find a clever way to change it. The film within a film aspect also works well to give us a layered story with numerous kinds of messages. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The title is derived from a quote by Winston Churchill, who in a speech in Parliament in 1940 said, “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.'” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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