I can’t say anything bad about this movie. Okay, it starts off a little slowly, but what period piece doesn’t? But it heats up quickly and I was glued to the screen till the last scene. The Exception is a story about little known Kaiser Whileim II, the last monarch of Germany, forced to abdicate and live in exile for 20 years while Hitler and the Third Reich blew up Germany and the rest of the world along with it. The movie is based on the historical fictional novel The Emperor’s Last Kiss, published in 2003 and written by Alan Jadd.
The Exception, which scored 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is a beautifully-acted period-piece full of intrigue with incredibly sexy love scenes. The protagonist is an unlikely hero in the form of a wary German soldier played by Australian actor Jai Courtney (Divergent Series, Unbroken, Jack Reacher) and the heroine is played by British actor Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella, Burnt). The ensemble includes the incomparable Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Insider) as the very convincing exiled Kaiser who is hoping to be restored as emperor of the “Fatherland” by Hitler.