Cinema – ‘Queen and Country’ – 9 February 2015

queen-and-country-posterThe film was ‘Queen and Country’ (in English). It is the hilarious follow-up to John Boorman’s ‘Hope and Glory’ (1987 nominated for 5 Academy Awards) and picks up the story nearly a decade later as Bill begins his National Service with basic army training in the early 1950s.

Bill and his trouble-making army mate engage in a constant battle of wits with the Catch-22 worthy, Sgt. Major Bradley (David Thewlis).  Richard E. Grant is their superior, the infinitely put-upon, aptly named Major Cross.  A superb cast in a wonderfully funny and often moving depiction of a still-recovering postwar Britain during the time of the Korean War.

The problem with meeting up early and enjoying a drink is that it requires attention to make sure we were all in the Salle before the film started! For those who have not seen the ‘Queen and Country’, it is a comedy but with many messages about life. For those who have not visited the Utopia before, it is an old church with the side chapels converted into cinema auditoriums and well worth a visit. We have a regular cinema visit every month. Lookout for the March selection! Report by Ian (also Organiser)