Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 - Descent
A year has passed since Guts parted ways with Griffith. The Band of the Hawks is plotting a rescue mission to save Griffith who is confined to prison.
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Ryan M (fr) wrote: While some scenes drag on too long or are just absurdly ridiculous, the core story of a Alyce making a fatal mistake, being plagued with guilt, and slowly sliding into complete insanity is well told and acted enough to carry this film on its shoulders.
Edith N (fr) wrote: Back When It Was Still Artistic In the special features, Bob Hoskins says he was taken to the Windmill Theatre as a child. (Immediately, men the world over became jealous, I'm sure.) Director Stephen Frears says he never went, because he himself was too prudish. In his review of the film, Roger tells us that he went, when he was young and in London and not all that long before the place was put out of business by the changes which brought about Swinging London. A certain amount of the visuals, especially the look of the actual women, is based on pictures from the era in question. It is hard to imagine this much thought being put into a movie about a modern strip club, but then the Windmill Theatre was about more than just nudity. It wasn't even like those dreadful burlesque houses in which vaudeville died. It was, I suppose, an artistic version of the best of vaudeville. Music and dancing, and there happened to be nude women sitting around. Mrs. Laura Henderson (Dame Judi Dench) was widowed and bored. Her only son had been killed in World War I. One day, she decides to buy the derelict Windmill Theatre. She remodels it. And she hires theatrical impresario Vivian Van Damm (Hoskins) to run the thing. They agree that he will be in charge of everything, a decision she later regrets, and they put on what she dubs "revuedeville," a combination of a musical revue and vaudeville. It's a smash, but then everyone starts copying them, and their revenues go down. So Mrs. Henderson decides that the obvious solution is nudity. Which then has the obvious problem that this is London in the '30s. Mrs. Henderson, who knows that the Lord Chamberlain (Christopher Guest), is scared of her, convinces him that it's art if only the ladies don't move. Once again, they're the most popular show in London. So popular, in fact, that when the Blitz begins, the Lord Chamberlain wants to close them down because too many people are congregating at the theatre. It's heartbreaking in a way to think that, now that nudity is everywhere, no one really cares about the women actually getting naked. The women of the Windmill Theatre were protected. Management considered it their responsibility to make sure the the girls were taken care of. There's a delightful scene at that first undress rehearsal where the women insist that the men also strip, and it actually happens. What's more, they know that the important thing is not entirely the size of the women's breasts, and Maureen (Kelly Reilly) is cast as much because of her smile as anything. And Van Damm asks one of the girls if she's written to her mother lately, and Mrs. Henderson sees herself as a mother figure. It doesn't all turn out well, because this is a movie set in part during World War II, but the surviving Windmill girls to this day seem happy with their histories. And apparently some of them even offered to strip for Bob Hoskins. Of course, there are some limitations put on the story by reality. As emotionally satisfying as it might have been for Mrs. Henderson to end up with Van Damm, that simply isn't possible. Van Damm was married. But one gets the feeling that it's what Mrs. Henderson expected and that she is extremely disappointed when it didn't happen. She is rude to his wife (Patti Love) when they meet, which is understandable if not excusable. There is something in Mrs. Henderson which will not let her fit expectations, and this gets her in trouble. It's worth noting that she runs in high circles despite being a commoner herself--after all, she is [i]Mrs.[/i] Henderson, not Lady Something-or-Another. Dame Judi was elevated; Mrs. Henderson was not. But I think her regret at letting Van Damm run the theatre stems in part from the fact that it means one more person expects her to sit quietly and do what she's told, and Mrs. Henderson is not a sit quietly sort of person. I do not believe the charming speech Mrs. Henderson gets toward the end about how she decided to put naked women onstage so that no soldier would go off to war never having seen a real live naked woman, as her son had probably done. This is largely because the advent of nudity at the Windmill predates the war, though I suppose Mrs. Henderson might have been one of those people who knew that it was inevitable before most of Britain faced that fact. However, I do believe that she thought it was perfectly acceptable for her son to have been interested in seeing a real live naked woman. At least as she appears in this movie, Mrs. Henderson is a woman interested in real life. Everyone thinks she's sheltered, and in some ways she is. Too trusting on at least one occasion. But she isn't shocked when a character rather shyly confesses that the women don't do anything for him, because he has "other inclinations." A little surprised, but she at least knows what he means. One suspects the Lord Chamberlain might have needed it explained.
Captain S (br) wrote: Pretty decent movie to watch in theatres. Not a bad ending.
Calyre Z (fr) wrote: "Dsign pour mourir"
Alex K (kr) wrote: 1931's Frankenstein Is One Of My Favorite Films.
Knox M (us) wrote: Essentially two different plots that some people at a studio liked and said: "Hey, what if we put the two of them together and make one movie! That would save us so much money!"
Daire H (de) wrote: 55% Stocked with entertaining fight sequences and a great performance from Djimon Hounsou, Never Back Down is bound to be brilliant. But unfortunately its cliched script and cookie-cutter characters are a distraction from all the positives that can be found in this fight movie.
Tevi S (kr) wrote: Cranston's remarkable performances save 'Trumbo' from its slow opening and lead it into its glorious ending..