Saturday, 26 September 2015

A Royal Night Out film review

Went to see this film with my friend Aj at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon on Thursday morning.

IMDB says: On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

In this Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Kinky Boots) directed and Trevor De Silva (Would Like To Meet, English Patience) and Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane, Grange Hill) written film, Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spiderman 2) stars as Princess Elizabeth and Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, M.I. High) as Princess Margaret, who make the most of their night of freedom when their parents King George (Rupert Everett, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Importance of Being Earnest) and Queen Elizabeth (Emily Watson, War Horse, The Book Thief) give them permission to celebrate the end of the war.

Given a pair of military chaperones, Captain Pryce (Jack Laskey, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Secret Sharer) and Lieutenant Burridge (Jack Gordon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Panic Button), they are taken to The Ritz where their mother has organised a separate sedate party.  But with all the distractions, the chaperones leave their post and P2 (Margaret), realising they are unattended, takes her chance and slips out to join the real party, closely followed by Elizabeth.

Split up, Margaret is led away by a naval officer and Elizabeth happens upon Jack (Jack Raynor, Glassland, Transformers: Age of Extinction), who helps her to find her sister.

As long as you take the poetic licence the writers did, this film is a lovely little piece of rose-tinted history, with strong performances, particularly Raynor.                                     


Trivia: One of the locations for the film was Hull, East Yorkshire, at The George pub, which was used for various scenes, is in The Land of Green Ginger and claims to have the smallest window in the world. This is basically a gap in between two wall stones that has been glazed. Apparently, in the old days, a boy would sit in the hollow wall and identify genuine hotel guests by looking through the window. He would then let them in by opening the courtyard gate. The window is about 1in by 10in.


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