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Family fun in 1183,
This review is from: The Lion In Winter [DVD]  (DVD)
A super film. Some great lines, great acting, fine setting, all explore (through the lens of the power struggle around who will succeed Henry II as King of England) a very modern concept: how families that don't get along learn to survive Christmas. There are now two versions of this film, this - the original - and the later Glenn Close/Patrick Stewart one. Comparisons are inescapable, and this version, in general, comes off the better. The costumes are rather all-purpose medieval, it's true - if you wanted 'real twelfth century' you wouldn't come to this play anyway - and the castle at Christmas perhaps a little too story-book, full of anachronisms(like wrapped presents and a sort of Christmas tree) , but there are some cracking actors in this, from La Hepburn at her campy finest to the troubled Antony Hopkins.
A good film for a guilty pleasures night in!