Mrs. Henderson Presents Reviews
Stars the late, great Bob Hoskins and Dame Judi Dench in the lead roles.
Dench plays Mrs. Laura Henderson. Newly widowed. She has the wealth to purchase a London theatre, The Windmill just prior to the outbreak of WWII.
She employs Hoskins character Vivian Van Damm as the general manager.
I don't want to reveal the full plot however the theatre continues to operate as London gets the full wrath of the Nazi blitz.
It's shows disassociate themselves from the competition by playing round the clock and including nudity.
The film is not pornographic in any way I may add!
A stellar UK cast includes Pop Idol runner up who should have won Will Young.
Thelma Barlow, remember her? She played dithering Mavis for years on the UK soap Coronation Street.
The film shows the UK stiff upper lip to the Nazi aggression that engulfed Europe. The theatre continues to open and flourish.
Dench and Hoskins are shown to be opposites. Opposites attract is the old saying?
By no means classic film but an enjoyable one.
The whole is not bad, yet lacking the bite the real story, a British story, of the impact, humanity and courage even prostitutes must've had during the wartime blitz. For a work purportedly celebrating those people, this film shies away from who those people were.