Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)


“When you lose a son in the war you do know, no matter what anyone might say, that his death has been in vain. It won’t stop others from following, other wars, other young men.” – Laura Henderson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – In the 1930’s, a British aristocrat inherits a theater from her recently deceased husband and decides to open up a theater that features all nude performances.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had much desire to see but recently came across it during my quest to watch all films that feature Oscar nominated performances.

I was amazed at how much I actually enjoyed this movie and it is able to work on numerous levels despite the fact that from an outward appearance it seems to be very risque.

Judi Dench is great in the lead role and she has great chemistry with her costar Bob Hoskins which helps make this story feel even more realistic and believable.

This film does a great job presenting to us the reasoning of why the main character decides to open such a kind of theater since it shows that at least from her perspective things were done from a viewpoint of being a symbol and a message instead of just trying to earn a profit.

Dench was truly deserving of her Oscar nomination for this role because she really is able to shine here.

The story itself finds a way to remain fun and light the entire way through even when there are some very poignant and serious issues that are discussed along the way.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable film that manages to work on so many levels despite its appearance of being risque. Dench and Hoskins are perfect together and help make this story even more believable.  Love the way that they give an explanation as to why the title character decided to open up such a theater because it shows ow things were done from her perspective in order to be a symbol and message and not just for profits. Dench deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film.  The story stays fun and light the whole way through even though there are some very serious issues discussed along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before the production started, there was a party, and many of the original Windmill girls attended. Bob Hoskins said it was remarkable; many of the women seemed to be older versions of the actresses. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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