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Queen And Country Review

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Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) is grown up and drafted into the army with his best friend Percy (Caleb Landry Jones), where they confound the authorities and search for love among the local beauties.

★★★★

At a venerable 82, Boorman returns to the autobiographical world of Hope And Glory. He’s made a movie less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny.

Jumping to 1952, Boorman’s alter ego Bill (the likable Turner) is facing National Service in a post-war Britain dealing with the twin scourges of communism and teenagers. A dalliance with an older woman (Tamsin Egerton) feels contrived, but the salty depictions of Bill’s eccentric family and the conscripts’ Carry On-like schemes create a lively patchwork of memories, recalled with a whisper of yearning.

Less vibrant than the original, but equally thoughtful and funny.

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