Mrs. Henderson Presents (Frears, 2005)

Mrs. Henderson Presents is a delightful WWII era comedy about a rich woman who opens a vaudeville type theatre, proves even his lesser efforts are incredibly fun to watch. Judi Dench relishes every second as Mrs. Henderson and her chemistry with Bob Hoskins’ director make for some grand moments of good old fashioned bliss. Mrs. Henderson Presents takes on some less demanding themes than Frears’ more politicized films, but the whimsey, laughter, classy nudity, and glamour mix well in a bubbly sort of way. This film should be praised for it’s complete dedication to storytelling, even if it doesn’t have to same lasting dynamic affect of The Queen or Dirty Pretty Things. But then again, it’s not meant to, and that’s refreshing in itself.

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