Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I Served the King of England) [2006]

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále or I Served the King of England is the adaption of Bohumil Hrabal‘s book of the same name by Jirí Menzel. I started to read the book but didn’t finish it yet. So don’t expect much comparison.

Jan Dite (Oldrich Kaiser) is released from prison and looks back on his life as a younger man (Ivan Barnev), obsessed with becoming a millionaire and, of course, women. As a waiter, he stumbles through the history of Czechoslovakia during the Second World War and Communism.

The movie is a bit too long and suffers from the same problem I have with the book: Dite remains completely alien to me. The way he thinks, the way he makes decisions and the way people around him react to him is honestly a mystery to me. [Which also means that it’s quite an adaptation of the book – it’s hard to translate stuff like that from one medium to the next.] There were some funny scenes and some scenes where I would have thrown popcorn, had I bought any.


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