Remember when Russell Peters told us how Indian movies are so sinfully long and ridiculous? Laugh and face-palm all you want at their dances and melodramatic moves, it’s actually true that Indians have their own way of storytelling, and they are sometimes ingeniously unique and addictive.
Queen is a movie you will fall in love with, but can barely tell what’s so good about it. The story is simple and ordinary, almost without a point to remember, but it’s small enough to portray every detail in life that touches your heart. The comedy-drama film tells the story of a conservative Indian girl who was jarred by the news of being cancelled on marriage. When she decided to grieve over her misfortune overseas, she was surprised to find something more rewarding in life during the journey that she has missed since young.
The story mainly took place in Paris and Amsterdam, where the girl Rani travelled to. The foreign city scenes and several foreign co-actors featured in the film have certainly make it look different, perhaps a bit more “Hollywood” in some sense, comparing to the other Indian productions. Nevertheless, an Indian movie shall never be less ‘Indian’ as it could possibly be. You’ll find people dancing to Indian music in Paris, understanding Hinglish perfectly, and they also happen to love the hot and spicy Indian food. Good thing is, there are no random strangers coming into the scene dancing and yodeling some Bollywood tunes. The music is still Indian, but sounded more modern, which is enjoyable. In general, every aspect of the film is an entirely different experience you’ll get from an Indian movie. It’s like a fun, delightful cultural shock for those who used to be somehow ‘traumatized’ by some Bollywood movies.
Some good characteristics of Bollywood movie remain in this film, including the amusing Indian humour (featuring some head shakes). The actors are indeed the best part of the movie, it was really fun to see Rani’s expression when she first saw a couple kissing, an Italian arguing with her about chili, and the best part was when she ordered a fish head in a French restaurant. Overall, the time span of the film is still a bit long, consisting of one little story after another to describe Rani’s innocent and exotic experience, but it was very joyful to watch. You get to grow along with the character by peeking into every detail of her adventure, and in the end satisfied by the result of the transition, as if you have also become someone more mature who appreciates the decision she made at last.
A very great film for a fun, relaxing weekend evening. 4/5.
This is one song I really like from the film:
Oh and did I say Lisa Haydon looks really good in the movie too?