The Lion in Winter (2003)
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Excellent version of the classic although not quite up to the unbeatable Katharine Hepburn/Peter O'Toole masterpiece.
King Henry II invites his estranged wife and three children to celebrate Christmas with his mistress, and the three sons vie for the throne. This remake is high family drama, and Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close bring energy to their roles. But there's not a lot that's particularly deep about the performances or the film as a whole. In fact, afterward I struggled to figure out what the film was saying. It's hard to reduce such a classic story to mere melodrama, but I fear that's all I saw. Overall, it's fun to watch, but the film's backbone is hard to pin down.
Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart are really great in the made for TV version of the Lion in Winter.
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