Review: “The Queen And I” A Dull Affair

The Queen (Samantha Bond) and family are kicked out from the Palace to live in a run-down cul-de-sac, and as you would expect, find it hard to adapt. How can one live without electricity?

After power-mad Prime Minister (David Walliams) wins the republican election, the traditional royal monarchy is booted out to mix with the commoners. The Queen (Samantha Bond) and family are kicked out from the Palace to live in a run-down cul-de-sac, and as you would expect, find it hard to adapt. How can one live without electricity?

Although the plot was based of the 1992 Sue Townsend novel, there was potential for a more polished film. I enjoyed the concept: what would happen if The Queen was to lose power and become poor – it definitely got me intrigued. However, the film itself was a little dull at times as I found myself waiting for the next big thing to happen and as individual character arcs grew, I was expecting them to go somewhere but they didn’t. This possibly wasn’t explored to the full extent as the running time was crammed into just 1 hour of screen time.

Johnny Vegas playing the character “Spiggy” was very well suited, as he brought an element of fun to the film. But I felt that Margret and Anne, as characters, could have had more of a role in the plot. The film had a very British style of comedy, which would make for good family entertainment on a rainy day. But not much more, as elements were lacking such as the progression of the plot and the general humour of the film which was a little bland. Overall, it was the concept that made the film a good watch, when William and Harry became ‘chavs’ after going to a state school, I found myself laughing along. A film with a good concept and cast, just one I did not find the most entertaining.

the queen and i, two stars, film review, Top 10 Films

Written by Izzie Gilleard

Directed by: Dan Zeff
Written by: Stephen Russell
Starring: Samantha Bond, Oliver Chris, Amanda Abbington
Released: 2018 / Genre: Drama
Country: UK / IMDB
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Isabel Gilleard is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She’s a huge film enthusiast, with passion for the classic rom-com or adventure film. If she isn’t getting emotionally attached to the romance on the screen, or cackling at a good comedy, you’ll normally find her with her pet cat reading a book.

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