Nude, nude, nude, nude, nude, nude, nude, and more nudity. Nudity, gratuitous nudity. But let's not get carried away shall we? It's funny how people made such a big deal outta nudity. It doesn't even have sex scenes in this movie. It just bunch of people getting naked on stage. But the fact that the story is more fun coming from these old and talented actors, make it worthwhile.
Based on the true story of the world famous Windmill Theatre in London, eccentric 70-year-old widow Mrs. Laura Henderson (Dame Judi Dench) purchases it and appoints autocratic manager Vivian van Damm (Bob Hoskins). They start a continuous variety review called 'Revudeville', but after other theatres in London copy this innovation, they begin to lose money. Mrs. Henderson suggests they add female nudity similar to the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Government reluctantly allow this under the condition that the nude performers do not move so it can be considered art.
This film is pretty fun to watch, it's a musical comedy although unlike Chicago where everyone sings, they only sings on stage. I thought it would be boring, but it's funny as it's sometimes has serious moments. If you are concerned about the nudity depicted, don't worry. There is one split-second scene of a naked cast - but if you blink you will miss it. Otherwise the nakedness depicted are extremely tasteful and lit in a very discrete manner as was normal for the decade when these performances were put on the stage. The thing is that there are so many nudity, I don't see them as porn or something disgraceful -- it's just being naked. And sometimes hilarity ensues with these naked people on stage.
Come to think of it, there is only one commanding presence in the film, which makes it easy to understand why Judi Dench is once again nominated for the Oscars. She switches from cheeky sarcasm to dead seriousness with ridiculous ease, which makes it such fun watching her strut her stuff on screen. I don't like her character though, as Mrs. Henderson -- she's rude, she's spoiled, and she's a bit racist on my opinion; the way she commented about Mr. Van Damm as Jewish, or when she lived in India she always looked down to people. And she always throwing tantrum whenever she didn't get what she wants. She also thinks that she always right; a very righteous person and condemn everyone else as non-equal. But when she changed her behavior, she got my empathy. Bob Hoskins on the other hand is brilliant. I always liked him, and a bit dissapointed that he didn't get nominated for Oscar. Seriously, he's done a wonderful job in this movie. Another good performance is from Will Young as Bertie; the stage actor -- if you remember him, he was the winner of UK Idol. Very talented. This film is not for everyone though, I mean not everyone like musical comedy. But...if you like nudity...har har har har.
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