You go girl!
Let's make one thing very clear. I am not one who adores ANY movie that celebrates girl power. Girl power is good only when there is some method in the madness and no mindless male bashing. And fortunately Queen is one movie that comes across excellently as it celebrates a coming-of-age and coming-of-self without the men-are-awful propaganda.
The trailer made the story very obvious. Rani (Kangna Ranaut) gets unceremoniously dumped by Rajesh (Rajkumar Rao) just before the wedding and since the lady doesn't want to sit around in Rajouri and lick her wounds, off she goes to her honeymoon. By herself. Atta girl!
Now as she cavorts around Europe with a very hot Vijaylakshmi (Lisa Haydon) Queen (but of course she can't be called Rani on foreign shores) she discovers herself in a brilliant light and without going the English Vinglish way, the movie takes you to a happy place.
Surrounded by some awesome characters, Queen comes to her own, discovering herself beyond the purviews of Rajouri, her bigger-than-yours family and her dad's sweet shop. And all of this happens before she comes face to face with the man who started all this madness. But we won't give it all away because this is one movie you must watch.
Frankly, it is a little tough to pick out negatives in Queen, hats off to Vikas Bahl for that. The movie rests on Kangna Ranaut's pretty shoulders and she doesn't let you down. Not even once. Lisa Haydon and Rajkumar Rao are brilliant in their roles but this movie is hands down Kangna's show, there is no taking it away from her.
Ranaut has, in her Bollywood career, done some roles you would love to forget (her weird role in Krrish 3 being one of them), but after Tanu Weds Manu, she proves that she isn't an actor to be taken lightly. Her make-up free animated faces will make you smile, from inside, that is a guarantee. She convinces you with such flawlessness that you would not have it any other way!
Queen has some incredible characters. The best being the motley bunch from Rajouri, love them, hate them - you cannot ignore them. Besides the actors with meatier roles, these guys are the perfect foil to the vibrant Rani (now that we are talking about Delhi).
Queen works because there is no reason for it not to, simply. A girl who finds herself on a trip out from her protected domains could have hurtled down the clichéd road and crashed face first, but fortunately Queen doesn't. The movie celebrates freedom in a way that makes you wish (almost) that you too get dumped just before the wedding and get to go for that honeymoon alone. Tough luck ladies but cest la vie! You can go for that solo trip anyway though.
Assuming that the theatres are ODing on movies this week and we are yet to catch Gulaab Gang and 300: Rise of an Empire, make sure you take time out for Queen. You will regret if you don't.