A lot of care went into making Anna and the King. Every department - except script - got lavish attention.Luciani Arrighi’s production design is elaborate and gorgeously sumptuous. The costumes look striking and well researched. Caleb Deschanel’s cinematograpy is picture postcard perfect. Even the actors fill their roles satisfactorily. Chow Yun-Fat should reach a new, non-martial arts audience with his confident portrayal of the King of Siam. The King employs a British governess, Anna Leonowens (a surprising bit of casting that Jodie Foster successfully pulls off), to learn more of Western nations and thus boost his kingdom’s trade and secure its position in a volatile region. After a leisurely set-up, this long movie derails when the subplot (which culminates in a brutal execution scene) takes centre stage, and is then followed by a coup d’etat, which I very much doubt appeared in Anna Leonowens’ diaries.The lavish costumes, art direction and cinematography set a beautiful stage - but director Andy Tennant ultimately provides little of substance to fill it. A final word of warning: be sure to leave when the credits start (if not sooner), to avoid the risible Celine Dion ballad.