A Royal Affair The storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself — about how an idealistic German doctor influenced a… A Royal Affair The storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself — about how an idealistic German doctor influenced a… 2012-11-09 R PT137M Drama Foreign Language Alicia Vikander Mikkel Boe Mads Mikkelsen Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

A Royal Affair (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
A ROYAL AFFAIR Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander
Image credit: Magnolia Pictures
A ROYAL AFFAIR Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Nov 09, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 137 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Alicia Vikander; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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

Originally posted Nov 14, 2012 Published in issue #1234 Nov 23, 2012 Order article reprints
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