The storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself — about how an idealistic German doctor influenced a silly king, romanced a queen, and brought the Age of Enlightenment to 18th-century Denmark — is kind of amazing. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is lovely as the lonely teenage sister of England’s King George III, married off to a Danish royal idiot. International star Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is a little lugubrious for a doctor so politically (and romantically) passionate. B
A ROYAL AFFAIR Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander (Magnolia Pictures)
Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe, Mads Mikkelsen; Director: Nikolaj Arcel; Runtime (in minutes): 137; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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