On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.
There’s never too much at stake for the princesses or the audience, but it makes for a fine diversion from the realities of life and history.
There’s a jazzy air throughout and the sound of the dance halls resonate.
Though there are no blazing historical insights here, the film is filled with moments of ribald humor and tender poignancy that offer glimpses into a society divided by class but united, mostly, in an outpouring of sheer, overwhelming relief.
When it’s playing for laughs, ‘A Royal Night Out’ is harmless good fun.
What makes A Royal Night Out palatable are the lead performances.
A cheerful comedy-drama with charm to spare.
It’s a thin, trickledown sort of fun.