A Royal Night Out
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Inspired by true events, this charming romantic comedy recounts the glorious celebration of the end of World War II in Europe and the singular evening when Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Princess Margaret (Bel Powley) leave the confines of Buckingham Palace to join the festivities. Quickly giving their chaperones the slip, the young royals venture out into London for a whirlwind adventure filled with excitement, danger and the flutters of first love. Co-starring Rupert Everett, Emily Watson and Jack Reynor, A Royal Night Out is a fanciful tale about two real-life princesses who long to feel normal on the most extraordinary night of their lives!
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 2.24 Ounces
- Item model number : 2327590
- Director : Julian Jarrold
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : May 3, 2016
- Actors : Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B01CFRMIIC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret want to go out amongst the crowd and celebrate VE Day with everyone else. The King and Queen reluctantly agree but sic fussy guards on the girls. Both princesses manage to slip the leash, however, and go off on separate adventures. Margaret has a wild romp. Elizabeth spends the evening with an airman from a working class background. She gets a small taste of what being an “ordinary” person is like and he learns that being a royal princess isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Bel Powley, who plays Princess Margaret, is a particular cast standout. She plays the younger princess with a constant effervescent. All through the night, she remains blissfully innocent of the company she’s really keeping and the dangerous situations she almost falls into. She just keeps being bubbly — and drinking lots of bubbly.
It is a bit sad to think of how the real Princess Margaret ended up. Even though she wasn’t shouldered with the burden of being heir, I don’t think she had a very happy life, all told. But, in this film, she’s forever young and forever happy, just looking for a “hot” nightclub to dance in.
This is not a “must see” but it’s a very nice film. It’s the kind of thing to watch when you’re sick at home with a cold. The good spirits of the film will perk you up as quickly as chicken soup.
It is Victory in Europe (VE) Day in London on May 8th, 1945 and Winston Churchill (in archival footage) announces that the war is finally over at midnight. A massive crowd of celebrators, cheering soldiers, and ecstatic Londoners are congregated in front of Buckingham Palace while King George (Rupert Everett) is preparing and practicing his famous speech (“The King’s Speech”). The Queen (Emily Watson) begins to get really pulled at by Princess Margaret (Bel Powley), or “P-2”, about going out with the others along with her sister, Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon). She feels that she and Elizabeth should be able to go out that evening amongst the cheering crowd to be ordinary young women and to join in all of the festivities. Of course, the Queen is quite opposed to such an idea. She is adamant, but the two scheme somewhat and have the heir to the throne, Elizabeth, tell her father that ‘if’ they were out with the other Londoners celebrating, they would be able to tell him how the rousing crowds really felt about his speech when they heard it. Kind of an eyewitness account of how it went over as the King is pretty anxious… Well, it sounds awfully convenient. After just a little thought, the King agrees, so the two Princesses get all prettied up to go out and be included in this wonderful time with the cheering crowd… Incognito. This was uncomplicated, fun, and was a pretty cute little ditty…
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As loosely based on real events as something so loose it has dropped off, this film tells the story (?) of a foray by the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in to a raucous, alcohol drenched London on Victory in Europe day 1945. It seems that this is something that did actually happen but the producers have grown this germ of an idea in to a slapstick knockabout tale that is so unbelievable it somehow just works.
Sarah Gadon is excellent as the young Elizabeth to who she bears a striking resemblance. While her sister and other characters play it for laughs, she maintains an innocent dignity which gives the film a poignant charm.
Though the British royal family may have riches beyond most of our imaginings, this film reminds us that they live in a guilded cage where a carefree youth is crushed by the demands of service.