In 1987 John Boorman brought us the classic semi-autobiographical film Hope and Glory. Now 28 years later the same director, who is now 82, brings us the
follow up called Queen and Country.
It's now 1952 and young Billy Rohan (Callum Turner), who we last seen during the London Blitz, has been conscripted to do his national service. Billy is
sent to a training camp where, rather than being sent overseas to do active service, he has to stay and teach the typing pool.
At the camp Billy Billy becomes best friends with fellow sergeant Percy Hapgood (Caleb Landry Jones) and the pair set about tormenting their superior
officers, fastidious sergeant, Bradley (David Thewlis) and camp commandant Major Cross (Richard E. Grant). The main objective of the pair, when their not
trying to woo the local female population, is to steal an ancient clock that's sentimental to the regiment.
Queen and Country feels decidedly old fashioned and if it was filmed in black and white you could mistake it as a film from the era in which it is set. You
get the feeling that Boorman is trying to reinvent the Carry On film as the antics of the two sergeants feels ever so much like it's from Carry on Sergeant
or carry on England, unfortunately, unlike the Carry On films Queen and Country is not as funny as it thinks it is.