December 10, 2009

Justify My Netflix: The Madness of King George

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

The Madness of King George

Today's movie: the Madness of King George, 1994 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because it's not only a lush historical drama (centered around the very real insanity suffered by Great Britain's King George III at the end of the 1700s, leading to that country's "Regency" period), but also based on an erudite and popular play by Alan Bennett; and I'm a sucker for both of these things.

The reality: Eh, not bad; but sister, believe me, you better be a fan already of lush historical dramas based on erudite stage plays. And to tell you the truth, I don't really have much else to say about this today; it's good for what it is, but will bore you to tears if you're the kind of person who doesn't naturally love what this is.

Strangest piece of trivia: The title of the movie version was changed from the original stage title, The Madness of George III, to help emphasize to American audiences that the subject is a British king. An urban myth has sprung up since then that it was done so that audience members wouldn't wonder what happened to parts 1 and 2, a rumor that the filmmakers deny.

Worth your time? Yes, if you're already a fan of period costume dramas

Filed by Jason Pettus at 3:46 PM, December 10, 2009. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |