Parents' Guide to

A Royal Affair

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hefty historical drama has some racy, violent moments.

Movie R 2012 138 minutes
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Lush and intense, A ROYAL AFFAIR requires a commitment, what with its two-hour-plus run time -- but it's worth all the trouble. With gorgeous cinematography that's reminiscent of a great master's paintings, the film is a joy to behold. Unlike other films about royalty, it's not just a vehicle for ferrying pretty costumes and romantic dialogue across the screen. It's a heartbreaking, inspiring history brought to life, thanks in large part to its charismatic leads. (Vikander, in particular, is an enormous talent.)

And so much of what the Enlightenment thinkers espoused is still relevant today. Why allow others to determine your fate? Why give over your freedoms? A Royal Affair educates without seeming to; it taps your heart without doing so obviously, and it makes you think. Forget the run time; it's rewarding to let it unfold.

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