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Graceful and bittersweet, Queen and Country finds writer-director John Boorman revisiting past glories with warmth and wisdom.
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Don't let the British pedigree and nostalgic trimmings fool you: this is no Masterpiece Theatre exercise but a broad, high-spirited, riotously funny service comedy, on par with M*A*S*H and Stripes.
The movie is a sweet-natured, easy-going bit of storytelling, and while Bill may be the central character, Queen and Country is really a movie about England. And it's a love letter to a particular time and place
The director gets all the period detail exactly right and there are plenty of historical and cultural references that evoke a sense of nostalgia.
Queen and Country finds exhilarating comedy in places usually reserved for drama, violence, loss.
In short, [you may realize] how expert presentation can draw you into a world, immerse you in the lives of others, and make you sorry to leave when it's over.
A little too silly to be taken seriously, yet also too heavy to get all the laughs it very clearly craves, "Queen and Country" at least shows where Boorman's schizoid, if less than wholly satisfying, sense of storytelling comes from.
After two long hours the film comes to its conclusion... not with a bang but a whimper.
In the end, you may even like Queen and Country more than Hope and Glory, which is saying a lot.
The pleasures of Queen and Country lie in its beauty, its performances, its privileging of personal perspectives and its gentle look at a period in British history which is seldom portrayed.
The best comedies made by England's Ealing Studios at the time it was set had more edge.
It feels like being dropped into series five of a long-running TV drama, where the characters keep doing pretty much what they've always done but you haven't been part of the journey.
... the beginning, middle and end of the film are delicious and entertaining at the time but leave no lasting impression or longing for more.
I really enjoyed this film. Well acted, with a great cast and a touching story about friendship through troubled times. This is apparently a sequel to a film called Hope and Glory so I will have to watch that now to see how it all began.
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