Carry on Henry VIII Film Details
Overview: After having just wed Marie of Normandy, Henry VIII’s eager to consummate their marriage. Unfortunately, she’s always eating garlic, and refuses to stop. Deciding to get rid of her – in his…
Tagline: A great guy with his ‘chopper’!
Review: The story told by this film is based on a manuscript discovered by one William Cobbler which reveals that Henry VIII did in fact have two more wives. Although it was first thought that Cromwell originated the story, it is now known to be definitely all Cobbler’s from beginning to end. With the beheading of his most recent wife, Henry hopes that new bride Queen Marie of Normandy will, erm, give it up to him in the bedroom. Things are going great until her habit of eating garlic all the time turns out to be a major turn-off on their first night together and Henry demands the wedding be annulled. Sadly the Pope has taken a stance and makes this impossible so Henry just tries to get some where he can and avoid his new Queen. Meanwhile a group of conspirators conspire to remove Henry from the throne as they see him as an embarrassment to England on the world stage. Although the 1970’s saw the death of the Carry On series, this film is an example in the sort of vehicle that produced the team’s most enjoyable work namely a subject that is ripe for irreverent spoofing but yet produces an acceptable narrative at the same time. The worst of the series are the films that have little effort put into them and just seem to be a collection of uninspired pratfalls and crudity of course those that dislike the whole series will argue that the best of the series pretty much consists of exactly that but I would disagree! Although hardly high art, Henry sends up the English historical dramas with good humour, providing a very basic plot with jokes that are suggestively rude without being out and out crude to any detrimental extent. The humour is not the sharpest you’ll see (to say the least!) but it is at least witty and quite well delivered by the usual cast. James moulds Henry in the image of his own Carry On personae and it comes off well (oh-err). He is enjoyably rowdy although not above the standard of his usual work in this series. Williams is better because he uses his usual delivery well and has plenty of good lines; likewise Terry Scott is enjoyable in a supporting role. Sims is feisty and always suited the younger, sexual roles rather than the later “nagging wife” stuff she was put into. Hawtrey minces around the edges and gets some cheeky laughs with an easy performance while Windsor plays it all up front as usual! Support from Connor, Gilmore and others is good and the lot of them pretty much match the irreverent tone of the material. Overall this is not a fantastic nor a hilarious comedy but it is still one of the better in the Carry On series. The cast are mostly on board with serviceable performances that delivery the material well with a constant wink to the audience. The material sits within an acceptable narrative and good sets/costumes and the jokes are witty and funny, avoiding the uninspired crudity that would later kill the series.
Duration: 89 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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