And here we have the Best Picture winner from 1998. I’m not sure how historically accurate the film is. The film is enjoyable to watch and memorable for what it is. It doesn’t do anything spectacular, though.
I love the fact that the film is a genuine comedy. This setup could have easily been done all serious, but they went the comedy route and managed to get some laughs. It’s also nice to see the Academy give Best Picture to a comedy, changing it up a bit from standard fare.
The ensemble works well off of each other, but no one in the cast will blow you away. In fact, the best performance in the film might belong to Judi Dench, who is barely in the movie but makes such an impression.
It’s a fine film that does what it sets out to do. I’d recommend seeing it, but it’s not essential.