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.
Written November 15, 2012
Beautifully filmed, exquisitely acted Danish movie revolving around the disastrous marriage of Englishwoman Caroline Mathilde (sister of King George III) to her cousin Danish King Christian VII. The film commences in 1766...
Caroline is fifteen years old, accomplished, well-read and a musician; schooled in the ways of the age, she envisions a romantic match,(obviously accomplished by proxy) where she and her husband reign as benevolent King and Queen of Denmark. All runs amuck when she meets Christian, an inane, insane idiot; doomed to a horrific fate; the only consolation, is the brief life span in the eighteenth century...
"A Royal Affair" is royally cloaked in clandestine palace politics, rumor, back-stabbing and eventual ruination. It is long, but I would not have excised a single second...
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Written November 25, 2012
A Royal Affair is an intriguing look into the machinations and scheming that went on in the Danish Royal Court in the 18th century. The cast was very good especially Mads Mikkelsen (who was a Bond Villian in Casino Royale). Alicia Vikander who played Queen Caroline Mathilde was also very good in portraying the intelligent but neglected wife of King Christian VII.
Written November 29, 2012
Oscar winner for sure. I dragged my macho boyfriend to this movie and he left swearing it would win best film at the oscars. Great performances.
Written January 11, 2013
Very interesting arc to the story, marvelous performances by stars, good intellectual message. Movie making craft well displayed, psychology accurate. Worthwhile experience.