Queen & Country

Queen & Country ★★★½

Absolutely hilarious but also totally all-over-the-place, this is a military comedy set in World War II that's full of great performances and has lots of legitimately funny comedy in it, as well. Reminded me a bit of "Blackadder Goes Forth".

Lol @ the poster being a brother & sister pairing in the film. Though there is honestly a bit of an incestuous element there, anyway, so the post isn't TOTALLY inaccurate.

David Thewlis and Pat Shortt are the best part about the film, pretty much playing caricatures - the former a PTSD-suffering officer who is overly strict and by-the-book, and the latter the exact opposite, a complete skiver - but playing those caricatures exceptionally well and believably. Richard E. Grant, Brian F. O'Byrne, Callum Turner and Aimee-Ffion Edwards are also excellent. Caleb Landry Jones is a bit over-the-top, especially in his accent, but besides him the cast is pitch-perfect.

My main criticism of the film is that there are too many subplots, and a lot of them don't really add up to much (though pretty much everything is resolved). The whole thing about Bill (Turner)'s romance with Ophelia/Helen (Tamsin Egerton) isn't bad, but it doesn't seem to lead Bill through any sort of character development; I'm not sure what we're supposed to see change in him through their relationship. The film also feels a bit generally messy and aimless, though that might have just been a by-product of the overly-theatrical nature of the military proceedings (see: my comparison to "Blackadder"), especially since I'm pretty sure everything is resolved by the end of the film.

The whole clock subplot is golden, as well.

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