Friday, July 9, 2010

Judi Dench in "Mrs. Henderson Presents"

Judi Dench received her fifth nomination for playing Laura Henderson in Mrs. Henderson Presents.

First off, you have to have a very distinct taste to enjoy a movie like Mrs. Henderson Presents. It wants to be a musical comedy whilst being a serious drama about World War II, and it falls flat on it's face. The acting isn't that much better, but there is one thing that sort of keeps it afloat.

Judi Dench plays Mrs. Laura Henderson, who has just become a widow. Instead of being alone and growing old, she decides to lighten up her life by buying a theatre. The theatre becomes a huge success, but quickly becomes a fad, so Mrs. Henderson decides to add all nude girls to the shows. Eventually it becomes the talk of the town, and even survives WWII.

In terms of "bad" acting, you won't find it here with Judi Dench. If you are looking for something mind-blowing or insightful, you might as well keep looking. Dench knows she's not doing hard work, and unfortunately, she plays it exactly like that. There's not depth, no emotional connection, just lively Mrs. Henderson and her naked gals.

More appropriately she is set on automatic, and never fully let's us understand why Mrs. Henderson has a desire to do the thing she does. And really, she's not even the main attraction of the film, the colorful musical numbers are. All we get is an odd relationship with a married man, that is the most pointless storyline in the film.

Again, is she terrible? No. Is she good? Not really. Judi Dench is always watchable, and always adds some little nice things to her character, but here, it's like she just forgot. I also blame the script for doing that dried up cliche of "old lady who curses", but how could this great actress, just be so...bland?


5 comments:

Louis Morgan said...

I saw the trailer to this film, and then later saw she was nominated, I was rather surprised.

Sage Slowdive said...

She was a filler nominee, for sure...

DistinguishedFlyer said...

For a while there it seemed that Judi Dench would get nominated for any role apart from M.

dinasztie said...

I love Dench, but I haven't seen this movie. Could 1960 be your next year?

Sage Slowdive said...

Yes, it's possible...