A Royal Night Out (in Theaters Dec 4) Brings The “What Ifs” to Life

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Atlas Distribution. I was provided with early access to review this movie before theater release. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Imagine being a real-life princess from the Royal Family during WWII. With the country boarded up from the war, the princesses were essentially stuck inside the safety of the palace and hardly let out into the “real world”.

Then V.E. Day, also known as Victory in Europe day, arrives, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret want to join in on the massive celebrations taking place across London. After working hard to convince the King and Queen to let them out for the evening, what happened to the princesses?

Bring the story to life:

No one really knows what really happened that night, but a new film, A Royal Night Out, sets out to give us a glimpse of the excitement, danger, and romance that could have happened to the princesses during the night the whole country came together to celebrate Nazi Germany’s surrender. 

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Inspired by the details that are known about the young princesses (19 and 14 at the time) going incognito to celebrate among the common masses, A Royal Night Out is the “what-if” story full of adventures the princesses might have had. Escaping , partying, dancing, and even a little romance could have been on the agenda for Elizabeth and Margaret. A Royal Night Out blends a bit of history, comedy, drama, and romance into one!

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Elizabeth incognito among the celebrating crowd with a possible budding romance

The Cast:

The movie stars Bel Powley as Margaret in her first role since “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”. She is joined by Sarah Gadon (Princess Elizabeth), Rupert Everett (King George) , Emily Watson (Queen Elizabeth), and Jack Reynor (Jack) to bring the romantic comedy/drama to life on screen. 

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The princesses working together to convince their parents to let them go out for the celebrations.

The script is written by newcomer Trevor de Silva and Kevin Hood with Julian Jarrold from Becoming Jane as director. The movie is produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films.

“The idea of the two princesses, out on the town, incognito, is very exciting,” says Jarrold. “It’s a true story by which everybody is intrigued. But we don’t know exactly what happened. It’s a little fantasy inspired by that true story. It’s also a romantic comedy adventure about an odd couple, Jack is a working-class guy and Elizabeth is a princess. They are thrown together by chance and have to make their way through London on this crazy, unbelievable night. And they’ve both got secrets. The princess has her secret identity and Jack has a secret she doesn’t know about.”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy movies inspired by historical events, and I was really excited for the opportunity to screen a movie involving the young lives of members of the royal family. Although I don’t believe the real events that happened on that night are anything like the movie, A Royal Night Out was a fun take on what could have been. I really enjoyed watching and laughed as young Princess Margaret continued to get herself into mischief and Princess Elizabeth experienced the butterflies of attraction for the first time.

Rated PG13 for some some sexual content (think working girls in outfits inappropriate for younger eyes, etc) and brief drug interactions, the movie isn’t one I would take my young children to see, but it’s a cute and quirky movie I find appropriate for older teens and adults alike. The run time is 1 hour 37 minutes making it perfect for a movie and dinner date.

The Trailer for A Royal Night Out perfectly shows what to expect from this movie.

A Royal Night Out hits theaters in limited release tomorrow, December 4th. Theater locations and ticket information can be found here.

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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