Conclusion: The story of King Christian VII's conflicted rule of the Danish throne, and the dramatic rise of those who influenced him, isn't one too familiar to the big screen, which might be where the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair discovers success where other recent period pieces have faltered.
Excerpt: William Gibson has suggested that sometimes it can be more difficult to imagine the past than it is to imagine the future. The era before the so-called Enlightenment is one of those times that's most difficult to imagine. Part of the reason is that we take so many Enlightenment ideals—the importance of the individual, freedom, responsibility, etc.—for granted. Like the fish doesn't notice water, we hardly can imagine life without these ideas.
Summary: If you thought The Duchess lacked depth and Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette was too froufrou, A Royal Affair is the film that will make you believe again that costume dramas can have both substance and style. Yes, the film has all the expected visual staples —lavish sets, frilly costumes, elaborate powder wigs—but the period piece frippery here is merely garnish for the meaty narrative, which has been stewed in Enlightenment-era ideas about religion and politics,...
Conclusion: Nikolaj Arcel's 'A Royal Affair is a must see. It features some of the most beautiful filmmaking in a long, long time, and Mads Mikkelsen gives one hell of a performance. The video and audio are top notch here, and while the extras are sub-par, the interviews were decent enough. Quickly, add this to your collection. It's an incredible film. Highly recommended.
Summary: Winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay Awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Danish director Nikolaj Arcel's "En kongelig affære" a.k.a "A Royal Affair" (2012) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Metrodome Video. The supplemental features on the disc include original trailer for the film and video interviews with actors Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and director Nikolaj Arcel.
Excerpt: When British princess Carolina Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) is introduced to her husband, Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), he warns her, “Don’t steal my light.” But the spotlight, as it turns out, isn’t what she craves. Quickly estranged from her husband, whose libertine habits give way to more widespread mental instability, she takes comfort in the calm presence of royal physician Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), whose covert dedication to...
Excerpt: A Royal Affair has been chosen as this year’s Danish representative at the Academy Awards. We won’t know whether or not it has made the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film until January, but in the meantime we can certainly understand its selection. It tells the story of King Christian VII, his queen Caroline Mathilde and his personal physician, Dr. Johann Struensee, which also happens to be a tale of madness, infidelity, political intrigue and death.