Fox Searchlight announced today that the world premiere of their release, The History Boys, will be held in England for Prince Charles and (the Duchess of Cornwall) Camilla. I bother mentioning this, because I suspect The History Boys is gonna get lost in the year-end shuffle of prestige American films. Now, who knows if the film itself is good, though, I just caught the Broadway production with Jarren and Stephen Saito last weekend. And, I dug the hell out of it.
It’s a superb play (and won several Tonys this year, including “Best Play”), and very funny. But it’s also a very small story about relationships, coming-of-age, and coming out. And, unlike other year-end Brit releases, it lacks the dancing of a Billy Elliott or the stripping of a Full Monty. Thus, it’s hard to say if this uber-British story will translate to American audiences without the novelty (treasure?) of the live stage. Regardless, the play is hilarious and touching. If Richard Griffiths can command the screen like he does the stage in his brilliant performance as Hector, he’ll surely get an Oscar nod. That is, if enough people see it.