With unrelatable jokes that most children won’t get and an overly simple plot that will bore older viewers to tears, how can The Queen’s Corgi call itself a family comedy?
The animation is a lighthearted take on the British royal family’s love for corgis, and focuses on the Queen’s “top dog”, Rex, who goes on an adventure after being tricked into leaving the palace by a jealous fellow corgi.
The plot isn’t likely to keep audience members captivated for long, even if the film is only 84 minutes and full of dogs.
There weren’t many laughs from the audience, as many of the phrases used are very specific to British culture and seldom heard in everyday conversation in Hong Kong.
The only giggles raised were from young children who found the corgis running around funny. The Cantonese version might be better, as the script will be adapted to appeal to locals.
One of the film’s biggest selling points is the presence of corgis of course but, aside from Rex, the rest are not all that cute. One had super dark, bushy eyebrows, which might have been added for comedic purposes, but it just did not work.
The trailer pretty much gives away the entire story and contains most of the funniest scenes – if you’ve seen it, there’s no point dropping cash on this. Unless you’re a diehard corgi fan, skip this painfully dull animation.