Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Royal Night Out 2015

     Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret request to be allowed to join the celebrations for V.E. Day in 1945.  Their parents, the King and the Queen are very hesitant to let them go.  The King asks for two officers to be sent over to escort the Princesses and to bring them back to Buckingham Palace at exactly 1AM.  Elizabeth and Margaret manage to escape their escorts and they mistakenly get on different buses.  Elizabeth meets Jack Hodges and he helps her track down Margaret.  Both Princesses narrowly escape having more of an adventure than they bargained on.
     There is a possibility that this film could be loosely based on facts but there is no way for this to be proven.  It would be interesting if this was a true story!!  Princess Elizabeth went gone on to rule as Queen for 64 years and counting.  Her father in this film was King George VI.  The Queen Mother (the Queen in this film and also Elizabeth) was in this position for 50 years.  Princess Margaret went on to have a more public life and she married a commoner.  The ending of WWII qualified as a reason for a public celebration for all of Britain!!  3 ½* (I liked this movie) 

97 min, Comedy directed by Julian Jarrold with Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Mark Hadfield, Jack Laskey, Jack Gordon, Tim Potter, Anabel Leventon, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Jack Reynor.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 75% critic 57% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 27 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, England, UK and Brussels, Belgium.  The Trafalgar Square scene was filmed on May 8, 2014, the 69th anniversary of V. E. night.  There is a mistake, the bus ticket machine didn’t come into use until early 1960’s.

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