This take on what happened when Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret joined people on the streets on VE day has plenty of charm – even if the plot wears a bit thin after a while.
Directed by Julian Jarrold, this charming and gentle film has plenty to recommend it from the wonderful portrayals of Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Princess Margaret (Bel Powley) to the typical British sense of humour that shines throughout that make A Royal Night Out a joy to watch.
But although it is curious to imagine about what the two young princesses got up to on VE day, the plot is extremely far fetched. From the idea that out future Queen went to knocking shop and a pub, while searching for her sister is a bit unbelievable – but then the film makes no apologies for that.
However, it does provide a vivid portrayal of what it must have been like for people on VE day – the relief of knowing that the war itself was over, that surviving loved ones would be coming home is surprisingly emotional to watch and definitely puts a smile on your face.
Emily Watson and Rupert Everett put in strong performances as the King and Queen – but particularly Everett whose desire to know what the people really think of him and how he has acted during the war allows him to make the decision to let the princesses go out among the crowds.
It has been beautifully filmed and certainly has a refreshing and fell-good factor about it that will appeal to those looking for escapism for a couple of hours. However, if you are looking for something with a strong plot with plenty of action then this won’t be a film for you – it is a film that you have to take it as it is. A true British and patriotic film.
A Royal Night Out is available to buy through Amazon now.