|Wait, haven't we seen gossiping at court dinner tables in the beginning of a film before?|
The movie begins with young Caroline excited about the prospect of being Queen of Denmark. After riding in a beautiful carriage she meets the king in the woods of her new home country and the initial meeting between the couple is awkward, but Caroline tries to ignore it. When they arrive at the palace the king jumps out of the carriage to shower affection on his dog. Upon her arrival, Caroline is robbed of her precious books and told they have plenty, more suitable Danish books for her to read. Is it just me, or does this sound like a mash up of The Duchess and Marie Antoinette? There was even the same camera shot of a birds-eye view of the carriage going under and arch to enter what would be Caroline's new home.
|Oh Christian, you so crazy|
Like Marie Anotinette and Georgiana, the enthusiastic young Caroline finds herself miserable in marriage, complete with problems in the bedroom, distance in the relationship, and as an added bonus, a mild bout of royal insanity. However when the dangerous Rousseau-reading Dr S enters the picture the king's schizophrenic episodes subside under his guidance and a strong friendship blooms between the two men. Soon the lonely queen also succumbs to the doctor's charms and the two use the king as a puppet to pass their enlightened improvements to the country. Obviously, this can't last.
|Bath time is when queens get to delve into self-reflection|
|One big happy, menage a trois|
Overall the movie had some good qualities but this eighteenth-century biopic just wasn't going to do it for me! Time for something new, original, and of course, fabulous.