The Queen's Corgi (PG)



Drama (2019)
85mins Bel

Starring: Matt Lucas, Sheridan Smith, Jack Whitehall
Director: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Writer(s): John R Smith, Rob Sprackling
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Of all the dogs in the royal household, Rex is the favourite of Queen Elizabeth II and a thorn in the side of the Duke of Edinburgh. Fellow pooch Charlie is deeply envious and he schemes to eject Rex from the palace so he can claim the position of top dog. When US president Donald Trump visits with his wife Melania and their dog Mitzi, Charlie seizes the opportunity to lure Rex to his demise in a frozen lake. Thankfully, Rex survives but he loses his collar and his identity.

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The Queen's Corgi (PG)

Every dog has its day and it's a poor one for The Queen's Corgi, a well-groomed but emotionally flat computer-animated comedy set predominantly inside the glittering corridors of Buckingham Palace. Co-directors Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot take their family-oriented adventure out for walkies in search of broad humour, gently simmering romance and a sprinkling of suspense. Unfortunately, a pedestrian script penned by Rob Sprackling and John R Smith leaves the film chasing its own mangy tail, sketching characters in cursory detail including an extended appearance from a bullying Donald Trump, who refers to his regal host as "her Elizabethness"...

The Queen's Corgi. Copyright: nWave Pictures/Lionsgate Films. Caption: Rex (voiced by Jack Whitehall), Charlie (Matt Lucas), Margaret (Debra Stevenson), Nelson (Colin McFarlane) and Mitzi (Sarah Hadland) in The Queen's Corgi, co-directed by Ben Stassen and Vince Kesteloot. All Rights Reserved.Some of our finest impressionists and comic talent including Dame Julie Walters, Matt Lucas, Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson are squandered in underwritten roles that cry out - unheard - for punchlines. Animation quality is passable - most of the four-legged protagonists are short-haired to minimise movement of their coats - and big set-pieces including a fire and an underwater dream sequence are competently executed but seldom threaten to quicken the pulse.

The Duke of Edinburgh (voiced by Sir Tom Courtenay) buys a puppy as a present for the Queen (Walters). Older pets Nelson (Colin McFarlane) and Margaret (Stephenson) tolerate the young whippersnapper, Rex (Jack Whitehall), but fellow corgi Charlie (Matt Lucas) is incandescent with rage that he has been displaced as top dog. At the height of his fame and popularity, Rex clashes with US President Donald Trump (Culshaw) during a state visit with wife Melania (Stephenson) and their dog Mitzi (Sarah Hadland). "I bit the president in the unmentionables!" whimpers a shame-faced Rex to his pack. Charlie seizes the opportunity to lure Rex to his doom in the icy waters of St James's Park Lake and contrives a murder scene in the palace grounds to convince the Queen that her favourite four-legged companion has been killed by foxes. Meanwhile, a frozen, collarless Rex is taken to an animal shelter where the well-to-do corgi faces a mauling from pit bull terrier Tyson (Ray Winstone) and learns valuable lessons about compassion, tolerance and self-sacrifice from Saluki stray Wanda (Sheridan Smith).

The Queen's Corgi spends so long painting the lead character as a boorish, egotistical, fame-obsessed snob that when the time comes to redeem Rex, any sympathy we might have has evaporated. Visual gags lack imagination (a bottle of cola intended for the president's consumption is branded Cov-Fefe Classic) and slapstick humour for very young audiences is hit and miss. In the absence of sophisticated laughs, vocal performances alternate between clipped and plummy while Culshaw comfortably lampoons Trump, who is rarely separated from his gold-encrusted mobile phone to take inappropriate photographs of the royal household. "Selfie! Cheese steak!" he bellows. He might be grinning inanely but, sadly, we are not.

- Sam Cannon

The Queen's Corgi. Copyright: nWave Pictures/Lionsgate Films. Caption: Rex (voiced by Jack Whitehall), Charlie (Matt Lucas), Margaret (Debra Stevenson), Nelson (Colin McFarlane) and Mitzi (Sarah Hadland) in The Queen's Corgi, co-directed by Ben Stassen and Vince Kesteloot. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Alton, Palace Cinema
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
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- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Rhodes Arts Complex And Bishop's Stortford Museum
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bo'ness, The Hippodrome
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
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- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
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- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Buxton, Pavilion Arts Centre
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
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- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
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- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
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- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
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- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
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- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
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- Horsham, The Capitol
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
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- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
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- Ivybridge, The Watermark
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
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- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
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- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
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- Llanelli, Cross Hands Public Hall
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
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- Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts
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- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
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- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
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- Newport, The Riverfront
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oswestry, Kinokulture
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Potters Bar, Wyllyotts Theatre
- Preston, Vue Preston
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- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sandwich, Empire Cinema
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Shrewsbury, Wem Town Hall
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Spalding, South Holland Centre
- Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Watford, Cineworld Watford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Windsor, The Old Court
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Woodbridge, The Riverside
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
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To Thursday 22nd August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dumfries, Robert Burns Centre
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Dunstable, Grove Theatre
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne At The Beacon
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Market Drayton, Festival Drayton Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northallerton, The Forum
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Pershore, Number 8 Community Arts Centre
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portree, Aros
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Saffron Walden, Saffron Screen
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thirsk, The Ritz
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wells-next-the-Sea, Granary Theatre
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Wetherby, Wetherby Film Theatre
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Windsor, The Old Court
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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