Written September 01, 2014
Reading a film puts a lot of people off. That's understandable in that it's difficult to watch and read at the same time. Still, some films transcend this deficit and this is definitely one of them. It's an absolutely beautifully photographed feature. The language translation doesn't diminish it's value one bit. Rich sets, extraordinary costumes, near perfect lighting and photography worthy of the AFI, I'd say look for this one at the Oscars. If it's not in the foreign film category, it was cheated. See this film. If you're a fan of period costume dramas, you definitely won't be disappointed.
Written November 15, 2012
The setting is the Danish Royal Court during the Age of Enlightenment (early 1700s). The players are The King of Denmark, a German doctor, and an English woman who married the king of Denmark. The problem: the king loves the German doctor as his only true friend; the Queen falls in love with the German doctor; and, the German doctor is too weak to resist the queen and too smart not to take advantage of the King's friendship to advance his progressive Enlightenment ideologie. There's plenty of royal court plotting and back-stabbing in this terrific film about the Danish Royal Court. The King is portrayed as a a buffoon who just signs off on laws without even reading them. Ultimately, he is influenced by the German doctor and begins to make some progressive changes to his country's laws. At least until the love affair between the doctor and the Queen is revealed. It's tough to be a royal. This is a great movie that explores an interesting slice of Danish history. I enjoyed it.
Written May 25, 2013
Very nicely done. I laughed, I got angry, I sat at the edge of my seat, I cried...it was well acted, flawlessly written and beautiful. (Mikkelsen is Brilliant!!) I enjoyed every character...The King, The Doctor, The Queen, The Court....even the dog. Mikkelsen's ability to change the mood of a single moment with only the slightest adjustment in his expression is Incredible! To convey something clearly with such a subtle change without saying a single word is a skill all it's own...Bravo!! (Mikkelsen also does this quite well in Hannibal) I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I am a Mads fan but even if I weren't this is definitely a must see! Forget that it's a "period" piece (as some will avoid it for that very reason) go see it because its History, because its true, because its a love story between three very different people....see it because its worth seeing!
Written December 03, 2012
From the exquisite direction and acting to the breathtaking scenery and costumes, this film is in a league above most period films.
It doesn't pander in the typical hollywood fashion yet tantalizes you with fact-based melodrama
while delivering a revolutionary political message.
All the while keeping you in the grips of an amazingly convincing and heartbreaking love triangle.
If this film were in English i do believe it could win the best picture award!
If it doesn't win for foreign language film than its a travesty...
I am still trying to conceive of how a 2 hour and 20 minute film felt like it ended too soon?
Written November 18, 2012
Beautifully produced historical drama re. the relationship between King Christian VII of Denmark, his wife Caroline Matilda (youngest daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales) and Johann Stroensee, a german physician who was brought to court to treat the King's mental illness, but ended up becoming a friend and advisor to the childlike Christian, and, unbeknownst to the King, having an affair (and a daughter) with the Queen. The trio, along with a few others in their close circle, became advocates for the Enlightenment in Denmark, attempting to introduce much needed social reforms. What happens I'll leave you to find out, but let's just say, it does not end well...Gorgeous production values, terrific acting. If you like a period film, this will be one you will not regret paying the $15.00 to see on the big screen.