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Queen and Country

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Charming but mature post-WWII coming-of-age drama.

Movie NR 2015 105 minutes
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Boorman hasn't directed a film since 2006, so it's delightful to see he hasn't lost his touch at making a thoughtful, introspective movie based on his own experiences. Since Hollywood overtly favors youth, it's refreshing to see a film by an elderly director who can still so poignantly capture the emotional struggles of becoming a man in the age after a world war. Of course, it helps that Queen and Country is a fictionalized memoir of Boorman's own life, much like Hope and Glory. Turner is wonderfully expressive and vulnerable as Bill, on the cusp of adulthood and on the fence about everything around him. He's neither a communist nor a capitalist. He's not a skiver or a clown, but he's not interested in the strict life of an Army man.

The supporting cast is excellent at navigating the serious with the humorous. Jones is completely believable as the joker to Bill's thinker, the one more interested in chasing dames (and losing his virginity) than following in his father's footsteps as a decorated veteran. Although some of the movie's promotional materials seem to stress the story's romance, it's not a typical boy-woos-girl-outside-his-class love story. Bill's romance with his Ophelia isn't a sweeping, visceral affair like in Atonement; it's a romance much better in his mind than in reality. But Egerton is lovely as the fragile, damaged young woman beholden to her aristocratic background. Queen and Country is a little bit of everything: sweet, thought-provoking, funny, and poignant -- just like that time in life always has been and always will be.

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