Chances are you’ve seen The King and I. At the very least, you know the story:
Set in the Victorian era, a British woman is brought to Siam to be a governess to the King of Siam’s children. During the course of her stay there, she brings about modernization to the king’s household and temperament—and she and the king fall in love, although neither can express it.
The sexual tension between the king and the governess is palpable (plus there’s Yul Brynner’s naked chest!), and it is heartbreaking to realize that these two are just too different to wind up together.
Without mentioning the ’feelbad’ endings of Nicholas Sparks’s books-to-films (a post on those to come!), would this plot be allowed to be made for current audiences, and their current expectations?
Do we all need a happy ending now?