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The music is superb, Fenton did a sterling job in providing the score for this enthralling musical. Judi Dench sits, as always, perfectly in the role of rebellious Laura Henderson, and her rapport with Bob Hoskins gives a punch to the storyline. The stunning Kelly Reilly combines her English-rose appearance with wartime tenacity and delivers a truly believable and moving performance throughout. Will Young, a surprise casting for many, heads the musical cast with an almost scarily convincing performance as the energetic performer, Bertie. He's rightly received glowing reviews after his substantial appearance in the movie, most notably from Dench and Hoskins themselves - inspired casting by Frears.
This film is a perfect example of typically British humour and attitudes, particular during WWII - In fact it's been a hit with many people from the era (when I went to see it I was surrounded not least by people of 60 and over who reacted to the film with raucous laughter and many a teary eye). I whole heartedly recommend this film to anyone with a love of music, comedy, history, Britain or simply bloody good acting.
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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
Mrs Henderson Presents is a movie starring Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, and Christopher Guest. Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other...
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Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it, despite the fact the two don't seem to get on at all. Although their idea of a non-stop revue is at first a success, other theatres copy it and disaster looms. Laura suggests they put nudes in the show, but Van Damm points out that the Lord Chamberlain, who licenses live shows in Britain, is likely to have something to say about this. Luckily Mrs Henderson is friends with him.
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An all-round British triumphReviewed bybushbabyskipVote: 10/10
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This little gem was given a bad review by a local newspaper critic and I couldn't disagree more!! I loved it. Judy Dench (the wonderful) and Bob Hoskins are fabulous in their roles and I loved the flirtatious undercurrents. This film made me laugh and cry .... I left the theatre feeling lovely ... what more could you ask for in a movie?? The history of the Windmill Theatre and the (ludicrious) laws allowing the nudes on stage was very interesting. I think Will Young did very well in his first movie, I am an oldie who enjoys his singing. All in all a great movie, Judy Dench fans wont be disappointed, and I hope some younger movie goers give it a go as its well worth the viewing.
Judi Dench commands the screen as Mrs. Henderson, a sheltered but freethinking wealthy widow who buys an old theater. With the help of mercurial impresario Vivian Van Damm, played by Bob Hoskins, she eventually hits on a winning formula of musical revues with nude women in artistic poses.
Although most of the supporting characters are two-dimensional and used perfunctorily, this movie is highly enjoyable thanks to the splendid musical numbers and the indomitable Judi's performance, not to mention the gorgeous naked women.
The nudity is tastefully filmed (except for a brief full-monty shot of Bob Hoskins - ugh!), and there is no reason why this feature of the film should have gotten it an "R" rating in the U.S. Still, sadly, to many American minds, nudity in movies = sleaze. The ladies in this film are treated with respect and affection - as if it were just another way of making a living; an admirable attitude.
Fans of '30s music should see this by all means; several upbeat numbers will have your toes tapping and make your "heart beat the faster" (to quote Jerome Kern).
A snappy, if sometimes too-hurried pace, will keep your attention throughout. In terms of the energy level, it reminds me, oddly enough of those all-star propaganda musicals made in the '40s to boost morale during the war.