“A royal night out”, with Sarah Gadon portraying the young Queen Elizabeth II., presents a mix of comedy, romance and drama. It´s a princesses way of anticipation and identification framed by upbeat swing music and quite a big amount of alcohol.
It´s V.E. Day in London and the young princesses “Mags” and “Lizzy” want to have fun and celebrate with the crowds. However, things turn pretty quickly stressful for the future Queen as her younger sister gets (more or less voluntarly) lost within the mass of half-drunken people. Prince Charming, aka Jack, then makes his introduction in the most stereotypical way: first, by oviously being annoyed by the Queen who´s out incognito; second, by expressing his deep indifference to her and her sister´s fates and at last, by showing his true manners and saving her from all the dangers wild nights like this one hold within them. Obsiouly, the two chaperones who are supposed to NOT leave the young girls out of sight get totally drunk and perform a rather amusing Laurel & Hardy-style of comedy.
But, of course, we know that the Queen did not end up with a rebellish, young pilot which is why drama is needed. In numerous sequences you can see the King and Queen reflecting about the end of World War II and what the future might look like. Silent looks and shyish smiles between the two youngsters Jack and Lizzy have a surreal touch as it kind of shows a possible parallel universe where the Today could look totally different.
Although one might sometimes think that the drama is a little bit exaggerated, “A royal night out” is a movie fun to see with numerous, comical lines and an authentic perspective on such an historical event which might help and support the better handling of our past.