I said I was not going to do it, I was adamant that I was not going to watch Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story! However, you know the saying, happy wife, happy life so I ended up having to sit through…. I mean watch all six episodes of this prequel. Let me start by saying, I liked it better than Bridgerton.
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The Movie Review
While I say, I liked this better than Bridgerton, coming from me that is not exactly a huge stamp of approval. I thought Bridgerton sucked and I am still not convinced the creator was just screwing around and made a parody and only I realized it! To say I came into Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story with low expectations is a massive understatement and had my wife not had a large Cadbury Mini Egg Bar in her hand I am not sure I would have stayed in the living room to watch that first episode!
The plot of what is going down here is that Charlotte has basically been sent to marry King George the Third, something she was not exactly thrilled about. I thought that the animosity/rivalry thing Charlotte had going on with King Richard’s mother was kind of interesting.
Basically, it is about their marriage and all of the stresses and troubles that came with it. We also get to see how King George’s mental illness starts to take hold and how this affects Charlotte as well as those around them. I thought this was a decent story arc, to be honest with you and it was probably what kept me most interested to see how it all played out.
The costumes, music, and so on are all awesome, I love when we get a period piece like this and they go all in with it. The acting here, I feel is better than it was in Bridgerton and it never quite felt like a joke to me like it did in that original series. However, each episode being around an hour in length was a bit much for me if I am being honest with you. There are only six episodes of this show and as far as I know, it is a one-and-done mini-series.
The characters here are kind of interesting and while some do still act a bit odd or even overact in some places. I did not find it as grating or as annoying as it was in the original Bridgerton. I liked India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest as Charlotte and Richard, along with Michelle Fairley as Augusta, Richard’s mother.
My wife got a kick out of how the show took place in two different times. However, I have to say that I thought the stuff set in 1761 was far more interesting than 1817. So, did I like Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story? I have to say that like is a rather strong word here, let me say that I did not hate it and I thought that it was better than Bridgerton, but I certainly will not be watching this ever again. My wife though, said she thought it was fantastic so take that for what it is worth.
- Our two lead characters are decent enough
- I love the whole look and style of the show
- It was better than Bridgerton
- It did not feel quite as cheesy and overacted as the original series
- The overall story had a few interesting bits, but for the most part, it was rather uninteresting
- Most people love the show so I am sure there is more to come from Bridgerton and my wife will force me to watch it!