Queen Elizabeth by M Padmakumar might be successful in luring families to the theatres this Christmas season for an enjoyable viewing.
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Queen Elizabeth Story
Elizabeth Angel Simon, an architect, is infamous for her harsh and impatient demeanour. Because of her irrational behaviour, everyone around her—including her parents—fears to talk to her. However, after an unforeseen turn in her life, her outlook on life and her disposition towards other people shift. The remainder of the story revolves around how she will come to understand her loved ones' emotions and see life from a different perspective.
Queen Elizabeth Review
Queen Elizabeth by M Padmakumar might have most of the elements of a superficial family entertainer that are familiar to Malayalis from a few films from the 20s. Nonetheless, it might be successful in luring families to the theatres this Christmas season for an enjoyable viewing.
Elizabeth Angel Simon, the architect, is despised by everyone around her because of her rude and cranky demeanour. For the same reason, people are afraid to speak with her or confront her. This harsh behaviour even affects her brother and parents. Despite all of these shortcomings in her and the fact that she consistently ignores him, Alex, the owner of a print shop, is utterly in love with her.
But then something unexpected happens, forcing Elizabeth to confront a hard reality that makes her reevaluate how she views the world and the people in it. Elizabeth also acknowledges that she wasted a great deal of time and never had any happiness, romance, or friendship. She gradually comes to understand the importance of her loved ones and discovers how to fully enjoy life.
When talking about how people's perspectives are changing regarding finding time for themselves and their loved ones in this fast-paced world, Queen Elizabeth undoubtedly has its share of emotional moments. The makers kept the story brief, with straightforward plotlines and next-door characters, so as not to tyre out the audience. The songs composed by Ranjin Raj fit the movie perfectly and give it just the right amount of depth.
The core of the movie is centred around Meera Jasmine and Narain, whose chemistry makes Malayalis recall Aswathy and Advocate Immanuel John, also known as Ijo, in Achuvinte Amma. Bringing the ideal amount of poignant components to both his character and the movie, Narain's portrayal of Alex is more innocent than Ijo's.
There are many funny moments in Queen Elizabeth; some of them actually make the audience giggle, while others do not really leave a lasting impression. In the meantime, a few of the conversations in this movie seem out of place due to the makers’ best efforts to add more humour.
The remaining members of the cast, Mallika Sukumaran, Neena Kurup, Jude Anthany Joseph, Johny Antony, Manju Pathrose, and Ramesh Pisharody, have very little screen time. The film can be quite predictable plot-wise after a while. It might also be a little dissatisfying because of how the climax is set up to have a happy ending.
All things considered, the movie satisfies the criteria for a family entertainer through its focus on the importance of self-assessment, romance, and familial ties that are strained because of circumstances.
Queen Elizabeth Verdict
Even with its shortcomings, Queen Elizabeth is still entertaining to watch with your family, even without high expectations.