Nothing Like a Dame (2018)

Nothing Like a Dame aka Tea with the Dames
Director: Roger Michell
Seen on: 4.5.2019

Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright, four British actors and Dames, meet for tea and to talk about their careers and lives.

Nothing Like a Dame is a fun round of tea with a fabulous foursome of women. You’ll probably get most out of it if you really know British actors of the 50s and 60s, but even if you don’t, it’s a charming to have tea with these women.

The four dames around a table in the garden,.

If you have wished to be a mouse while (some of) these women come together and get to talking, this film is probably the closest you will get to experience that. Although the film does acknowledge its being a film and doesn’t pretend like the camerapeople and crew aren’t there. In any case, it feels like a bit of a privilege to listen in when these women are talking.

Because they don’t just have a lot of experience and led unusual lives, they are funny and charming and I walked out of the film feeling like I got to know them and their friendships with each other a little. And that is really nice.

Judi Dench leaning towards Joan Plowright.

That being said, I’m pretty sure I don’t know enough about British actors, or the lives of these women to really follow everything they said or alluded to. I suspect that if you know them better than I do, you will get a little more out of the film.

I, for my part, got enough out of it to enjoy it for sure. The film is at least as charming and fun as each of the four women and it knows when it should quit. In short, it is perfectly entertaining.

Maggie Smith smiling.

Summarizing: very enjoyable.

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