Reviewed by: Gabe Rodriguez
“Anna and the King” is one of the most surprising movies to come from Hollywood in quite a while. Morally speaking, it contains no language whatsoever (not even a minor blasphemous use of God’s name), barely any sexual content (and that only consists of the fact that the King of Siam has many wives and concubines, and no nudity or sexual activity is seen with any of them), and no drug use. The violence is rather discreet, but still present. There are a few mildly bloody scenes with guns and the like, and one rather disturbing scene where a pair of star-crossed lovers are publicly beheaded (only implied, not actually seen).
The story follows Anna (played in an Oscar-worthy fashion by the amazing Jodie Foster) who travels to Siam to become teacher to the King’s many, many children. Once there, she stands up for what she believes to be right, and, by way of courage, shapes the destiny of a nation. A classic story that is now put on screen by director Andy Tennant (who also did last year’s superb “Ever After,” with Drew Barrymore) with some astounding cinematography and lush costume design. Always good to look at and equally moving, “Anna and the King” not only proves to be one of the year’s best films, but also one of the best for parents to take their older children to.
Year of Release—1999