I am normally drawn to a certain type of movie, however I am beginning to think that I may need to be more open minded. If I watch a movie trailer and am not interested right away, I dismiss it as one I don’t want to watch. I’m guessing I am not the only one that does this kind of thing.
I just had an experience like the one above….today actually. I had the opportunity to watch the screening of a movie called, A Royal Night Out before it hit theaters today, December 4th. When the movie first started, I was thinking I wasn’t going to like it. I had viewed the trailer and it just didn’t grab me. I wasn’t personally familiar with any of the actors or actresses and it was different from the movies I choose to watch. It only took about 15 minutes into the film before I can truthfully say I was wrong.
A Royal Night Out is inspired by true events. The setting takes place on May 8th, 1945 – V-E Day.
The story of A Royal Night Out is about two princesses, Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) who are allowed to leave Buckingham Palace for one night in order to celebrate V-E Day with the “common” people. Elizabeth is the oldest and heir to the Queen. Elizabeth is very proper and acts the way you would expect a future queen to act. Margaret is on the other hand a bit of a free spirit and a little more naive about the dangers of being outside the palace.
Margaret convinces Elizabeth to talk the King (Rupert Everett) and Queen (Emily Watson) into allowing them the night out to celebrate. While the Queen does not approve, they are granted their request by their father, King George VI.
The princesses head off “incognito” as they call it, however much to their disliking, King George VI assigns them several of his trusted guards to watch over them. They escort Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth to the Ritz, where it doesn’t take the princesses long to find themselves on their own.
Separated, each princess is given the chance to explore and feel “normal” for the first time in their lives. They each experience things that they have never experienced before, even finding the beginnings of what could be romance along the way.
A Royal Night Out was nothing like what I expected it to be, it was better. It was entertaining, cute and enjoyable to watch. While I know it wasn’t exactly how things were on that day, it really got me interested in what it must have been like. After I finished watching the movie, I Googled to read more about how Queen Elizabeth II called it, “one of the most memorable nights of my life.”
Princess Margaret is absolutely adorable in the movie. She has an adventurous spirit that is just contagious. Princess Elizabeth is the opposite of her sister, beautiful and poised with all the grace that a princess should have. I loved watching both of the princesses as they had the opportunity to live it up and see what it was like to be common, if only for the one night.
This would make for a fun girls night out movie or date night movie. While it is inspired by true events, they did quite a bit of what I call “Hollywooding” it up to make it quite entertaining. I liked being able to learn a little about history without feeling like I was being taught a history lesson if that makes sense.
This movie is rated PG-13.
Sex and Nudity: Several scenes contain kissing between men and women. In one scene a couple of servicemen are shown in a room with several half-dressed women. One of the servicemen is laying in between a woman’s legs who is only in panties and a bra, while another woman is laying at the top of the bed. Shortly after, you see one man sleeping in between the two women and another man is standing at the bottom of the bed with a woman in a bra.
A woman is seen walking down the stairs without a top on, however her nipples are covered. There is reference made to a “knocking shop” in Soho and ladies of the night, or “tarts” as they were called are mentioned and seen. Jack is called a “pimp”.
Language: I don’t recall there being any significant language at all. The only word I do remember being said is “piss off”. As mentioned above, they talk about “working women” and “tarts” as well as the “knocking shop”.
Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking: Several people are seen smoking in the movie, including the King. There is quite a bit of drinking taking place in the pubs and in Soho. You see people drinking beers, wine/champagne and liquor. Princess Margaret is slipped something in her drink at Soho by a man she meets.
Violence: There are no over the top scenes with violence, but there are several fight scenes. One of the main characters, Jack fights several times while trying to help Princess Elizabeth find her sister. The man who slips the drugs into Princess Margaret’s drink gets beat up by a bouncer at the “knocking shop”.
If you go to see A Royal Night Out, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. If you have any other questions that I didn’t answer, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below!
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