I Served the King of England is a terrific subtitled art film from the Czech Republic’s Jiri Menzel.
It’s the story of Jan Dite, a sex-crazed waiter working a number of Europe’s better hotels before and during World War II.
Done in a series of flashbacks, the pathetic Dite’s story unfolds in pointed serio-comic and brilliant segments that ironically poke fun of his greed as he pokes fun of the greed of others.
Dite so lusts for the life of a millionaire that he puts on blinders as Nazis invade his country. Tragedy follows and I Served the King of England grows darker and darker as the film progresses.
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What keeps you hooked is an excellent storyteller who never loses sight of the mark or his sense of humor.
Though it was released in Europe last year, it has been working its way through U.S. theaters for the last few months and is one of the best I’ve seen this year.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for mature themes, language, sex, nudity. It opens November 14 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.