WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN | MOVIE REVIEW

WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN is a nostalgic look at the Queen’s first Royal Tour back in 1954. It is being released as a celebration of the 60th anniversary of that same tour to Australian shores. There was something I realised while watching the movie, I really am a fan of the monarchy and see no issue with retaining them as head of state, it is really for show anyway, they never demand anything from us and being a republic would change little in the country, we would still have a pack of liars running the country.  I am happy to call the old girl my Queen. WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN released today from Umbrella Entertainment, it is on limited art house release and I have listed the cinemas below that are playing it. It runs for 78mins and is rated G. All the best…..JK. 

 

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WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER IMAGE

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

Way back in the 50s Australia was much simpler, a peaceful nation that came out to help when the motherland needed us, mainly a farming nation, but the dress was dull tones, simple clothing, no fuss. And when it was announced the QUEEN, her newly appointed Royal Highness, would make her first tour to Australian shores as part of a Royal Tour Australia went nuts. There were months of practicing, months of preparation, months of lamington recipe refinement and people started mending their Sunday best. The country was abuzz with excitement to see our glorious leader.

The Queen’s Royal Tour was phenomenal, seriously many many more stops than a 1D concert, and all of it filled with pomp and ceremony. Balls, galas, luncheons, races, everything happened, the country went above and beyond to present our best.

People travelled from all over the country to be at one of the places to see the Queen and honestly when watching this film, if I was alive back then, mum was only one so this wasn’t going to happen, then I would have been ecstatic to have had the opportunity to have seen the old girl. As it happens I had the opportunity to sing and dance for Princess Diana and Charles and that is a highlight of my young life, these were people from a different class, a class of royalty. Love them! Aspire to be them :).

 

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WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | 1954 ELIZABETH STREET SYDNEY

 

While the Queen was travelling around something started to happen to the fashion industry in Australia, all the women wanted to be her, and she dressed differently, she did not wear what you would imagine a Queen of old would wear, she wore lovely dresses, in pastels and bright yellows and from this one visit she changed the fashion industry of Australia, everyone wanted to dress like her. You can forget Madonna, Katy Perry, that whore, Miley Cyrus, this woman was one of the greats of fashion inspiration for the country, she was probably also the first. And one thing I never noticed, she was a beautiful woman,elegant, demure and carried herself well.

The movie is in no ways perfect, it is mostly made up from archive footage and then interviews of the people, all grown up, sharing their memories of the day. This stuff I absolutely loved. The glow and pride of the people re-telling their stories is charming, seeing them bring out their souvenirs, or clothing items from the day, still in immaculate condition was heart warming and this felt contagious, I loved that they reminisced with such fondness.

And the archive footage, it was remarkable they had so much and I just loved looking at Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth St, basically anywhere that I have been in modern day, seeing what it looked like back then was astounding, the film truly does present some great time capsule stuff.

 

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WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | IF MEMORY IS CORRECT THIS IS FROM CAIRNS DURING THE TOUR?

 

This reminiscing is where the joy ended, while you can keep seeing amazing footage, you do see a bit of repetition in different towns, it is beautifully narrated by Burt Newton so this does make it more enjoyable but he is just reading a script, there is no real Burt in there. Director Maurice Murphy loved this time so much he has tried to present this as a pop culture, pop art celebration with plenty of colourful logos and section descriptors but then he threw in something I truly loathed, thought it stained the movie, perhaps it made it more accessible to Primary/ Junior schools, but it was occasionally cutting to a modern day kindergarten or junior school with Lorraine Bayly reading from a storybook and being cute with kids. It had nothing to do with anything besides trying to make young kids want to be princesses. I could see this as an end of year educational DVD for young school kids because of that ROMPER ROOM styled cuteness attempt.

But, if you lived through the time or have a grandma, mum or relative who was on the side of the road to see the Queen pass them by then take them to this one, it is enjoyable for the archival footage and contagiousness of people from the era who have something to look back on with fondness.

 

VENUS SCREENING WHEN THE QUEEN CAME TO TOWN:

 

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