Without question, Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren are superb actors and its nice to see them together for the first time in this film. If you want to see what good acting looks like— here’s an example. But the odd thing about this film is that it is good actors who are pretending to be good pretenders— whereas, nothing is as it seems, and the film proves to be a tissue of lies and deceptions…. and revenge in the bargain. To this I would add that some of the twists in the tale are frankly, not really believable— for example the conceit that both of the main actors are secretly Germans pretending to be British. Gandalf and the Queen could never be Germans…. sorry. The problem is not bad acting— far from it. The problem is a dodgy script and plot line, and it’s really too bad. When you come away from a film not liking any of the main characters, and finding no redeeming merit in the story line— well, there were better ways to spend one’s time and money. Heavens, not even the character that ‘Carson’ from Downtown Abbey plays in this film is likable. He’s a miserable scheming accountant— uggh!!!
But I will give the film this—- every single week, and sometimes every single day, my wife and I...
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