Saturday, February 4

Movie Review: The Girl King (2015)

Film Title: The Girl King
Length: 1 hour and 46 mins
Released: 2015
Genre: Biography, Drama, Historical
Rating: Not Rated (I would rate this "R" personally)
Where I Got It: Watched on Netflix


THE GIRL KING paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.


This Queen is a rather interesting one. She was the only child of the king. When he died she took his place and was taught all the things she needed to be king. She learned all the right things, but she has a thirst for knowledge and science that goes against the religion she was raised with. She also falls in love with a woman, which goes against not only religion, societal norms, and what is best for the throne (you can't produce an heir with someone of the same sex, so of course they are not a fan of her desire to be with a woman). 

This movie had an overall good cast. I liked the girl who played the main character, but her voice bugged me. There was just something about it that irked me. However, her acting was really good. She really did a good job displaying the torn attitude of the Queen. She was torn in taking the easy path to continue with the old and with wanting to change her country and make them better and educated. It's a tough, tough thing for sure. The lover was a little bland and seemed confused and simple-minded. Maybe that is what they were aiming for? If so...she did well. 

The movie didn't get really good until near the end. The beginning and middle were slow and eh. Some good parts, but very slow. The ending had me on the edge of my seat. I knew what was going to happen (since I know my history), but I was still on the edge of my seat. 

I really wished that the movie would have covered her time in Rome. That is the least told part of her story and I would've liked that more I think. 

I can't imagine giving away all that power, so that took a lot of strength (not a spoiler ;D). She was for sure a woman ahead of her times. I think it is crazy that she gave up all that power. Imagine all the good she could've done! Maybe it needed to be done in small batches. However, she wanted away from that country religion, so she got away. She wasn't a patient woman even wit all her smarts. But yes, that part of her life I would like to understand more. Maybe there is a movie somewhere about that part of her life? Curious. 

Overall, it was okay. Nothing great. The acting was good, I must admit, but the script needed some work. I personally think they should've focused more time on her life at the end of reign and her time in Rome. I do recommend it because she was an interesting queen to learn about. I'll give this 2 stars.  

Re-watch?: Eh, once was enough. 


Blodeuedd said...

It was so duuuulll

Carole Rae said...

yessss some parts were dull for sure.

Anachronist said...

Somehow I am not eager to watch this one...

Carole Rae said...

It was eh. Good if you are bored.