Queen & Country

2014

Biography / Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.2 10 1651

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Director

Cast

John Standing as Grandfather George
David Hayman as Clive Rohan
Simon Paisley Day as MI5 Man
720p.WEB
1.03 GB
1280*688
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 55 min
P/S 5 / 10

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Rabsi 7 / 10

A sweet and ultimately satisfying post-war drama, it avoids the clichés that plague some war films to deliver a solid experience.

The post-war period often seems like a bit of a black hole for films. Aside from the films made at the time which dealt with the issues the population faced, most notably Italian Neorealism, contemporary films prefer to explore the actual conflict themselves. More drama is to be found there. But while World War II was 'the' war, the conflict never really stopped, and Britain still had mandatory military service at the age of 18, with deployment to Korea for their civil war a real proposition. This is what John Boorman focuses on for what is probably his final film, and a sequel to his most famous work, the 1987 mildly autobiographical piece Hope And Glory.

We are told the story of Bill, a young boy in the first film. He has grown up into quite the strapping young fellow, and he received his notice for mandatory army service. There he quickly befriends Percy, and a bond forms. But this bond is hardly the centre of the film. It stretches far beyond that, as Bill deals with the army, love and his family. This is all well paced handled by Boorman, who is probably best known, aside from Hope And Glory, for directing Deliverance.

The acting is quite spotty on a case by case basis, Callum Turner does very well as the protagonist Bill Rohan, but you can't help but think he was constantly being overshadowed by a couple of doses of overacting. Being manic or excitable is all well and good, but there occasions where people were channelling their inner Joker or Harley Quinn. On the subject of acting, David Thewlis (of Harry Potter fame) is present and he is phenomenal, one of my favourite acting performances of the year.

Furthermore, the script isn't perfect either. There were too many logical inconsistencies, especially early on, where background character information is introduced in very lazy ways, usually dialogue. It's frustrating to see two characters talking to each other about things they clearly already know, and that it's only for the audience's benefit.

What is best about the film is that it tells the story of war really well. This was something a film like Fury really fell short at, relying on clichés to tell a heroic story. Even though there are very few scenes of combat, Queen And Country definitely gets right what Fury got wrong, showing the horrors of war, what it does to people and how anyone can be a victim or a casualty. That goes a long way in my book.

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Reviewed by lizarkeo 9 / 10

A dignified and poignant sequel to "Hope and Glory"

Watching "Queen and Country" was for me the equivalent of watching a proper and deserved sequel to "Aliens" (1986), written and directed nearly 30 years later by its creator, James Cameron. And even with a completely different cast, you realize that the beloved main characters from the original classic are essentially the same. Only 10 years more mature.

When John Boorman directed "Hope and Glory" (released just a year after "Aliens"), I, at age 16, decided it was and would always be one of my favorite movies. And when in 2014 I knew that, 27 years later, he would release a sequel, I WAS IN HEAVEN. And after watching twice - at the 2014 edition of the Mostra International de Cinema de São Paulo - I can say with relief that all the effort Mr. Boorman had to complete this film was not in vain, quite the contrary. And he has said - at age 81 - that this was his last film. A pity. Because the Rowan family deserves at least a trilogy.

Main points of my review:

  • Callum Turner convinces both as the adult version of the main character from the first film, Bill Rowan (the Director in its infancy) and also of his original actor, Sebastian Rice-Edwards, one of those rare cases of a gifted actor who had a role only in life, and made ​​him so special. Turner may not have been a great boat handler as convincing as Edwards (heh), but otherwise, he is Billy Rowan. And not an impersonator.


  • IMHO, Caleb Landry Jones (Percy, Billy's best friend in the Army) was one of the best young actors in the amazing cast of "X-Men First Class" (hence my disappointment to learn that his character was killed in "X- Men, Days of Future Past"). In this movie, he alternates between "too much" and "awesome much" (as the Heath Ledger's Joker. Yes I caught thinking myself several times how he would make a great Joker). Maybe he was driven to exaggeration by the director, maybe the actual friend was "just like that". BTW, I'd love to see him in a Terry Gilliam film since Terry understands "crazy" (in a good way). Interestingly, he's a Texan actor playing British characters very well.


  • Tamsin Egerton is really the face of royalty and tragic beauty. She also played Guienevere in a TV series ("Camelot"). When her eyes smile, momentarily leaving behind the perennial state of sadness, you're also quite fond of her. At 26, she has the world ahead to conquer for sure.


  • With the exception of David Hayman who repeats the role of Billy's father, the rest of the protagonist's family has renewed the cast. The mother and older sister were replaced by another actresses (again, the actors may change but they are essentially the same characters). My biggest disappointment was with Billy's grandfather. Ian Bannen (who died in 1999) was a FORCE OF NATURE, stealing nearly every scene in which he appeared. But in the second session, I began to be content with what I had, maybe the director has opted for someone more like his original grandfather. However, the film does not explain the disappearance of the sister of Billy, Sue (or I wasn't paying enough attention).


  • The military characters are all treated with respect and consideration (for a change, they are not stereotypes, but actual human beings).


  • Fortunately, the film picks up, with decency and tenderness, forbidden romance between Billy's mother and Mac (the father's best friend), one of the best things from the first movie. Also, fortunately, it shows something that was only suggested in "Hope and Glory": the love of cinema, from the characters mentioning classic movies and directors and the connection of filmmaking with the idyllic river. And fortunately again, the river also reappears: after all, is special as the other members of the Rowan family.


  • Music: as in "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" by Billy Wilder, the theme song evokes the tragic main lady. Here, the theme of Ophelia. On the Wilder's film, Gabrielle. And I only realized, of course, the second time I watched.


  • Editing: the film manages to give us time jumps at the right pace, you realize the plot moving and the characters maturing. And does not care to leave it all explained to the viewer (like the scene in the hospital where - SPOILERS - Billy sees his first great passion for the last time).


Despite wishing for a sequel - mostly to keep track of what happened (SPOILERS again) between Percy and Dawn - "Queen and Country" is a worthy ending for all these wonderful, old and new, characters.

Thank you, Mr. Boorman.

Reviewed by lachouettebenevent 6 / 10

Disappointing sequel...

Queen and Country is set after the end of 2nd World War and in the time of compulsory military service. In short, not a lot happens....disappointingly so, especially if you enjoyed John Boorman's autobiographical account of his London childhood during the war. Having moved to Pharoah's Island on the Thames near Shepperton, the film leaps forward to the mid 1950's with Bill Rohan leaving his idyllic family home to being called up for military service. Bookish and sensitive, he is an engaging young man and is beautifully played by Callum Turner. Ever on the fringe of being sent to Korea, Rohan is expected to train new recruits how to type. He falls in love, is thwarted in love, proves to be a loyal friend to the bizarrely-accented Percy (Texas-born actor Caleb Landry Jones - that explains that then!) then finally falls in love with the right girl and presumably goes on to become a famous film director......

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