Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023) Movie Review

Dearest Readers , the world of Bridgerton where grand buildings, extravagant clothes, and captivating visuals are back. However, not as a follow-up installment, namely Bridgerton season three, but rather a story that will take us decades before the Bridgerton story we have seen take place.

Bridgerton is a smash hit Regency era romance series from Netflix. Presenting a romance story wrapped in the luxury of London in the Regency era, there are many interesting characters in Bridgerton , one of which is Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), who eventually gave birth to a spin-off prequel entitled Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

Although the Bridgerton series is based on the book series by Julia Quinn, it is not the Queen Charlotte spin-off . In fact, the character of Queen Charlotte doesn’t even exist in Julia Quinn’s original novel.

The character Queen Charlotte as seen in the Bridgerton universe was created by Shonda Rhimes solely for the series. In fact, this prequel gave birth to a book inspired by the prequel, which was written by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes and will be published in May 2023.

As we know in the two seasons of Bridgerton , her origins and romance with King George are still a mystery. Therefore, the spin-off will follow Queen Charlotte and King George in their youth and during their married life.

Synopsis Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023)

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story follows Sophia Charlotte (India Amarteifio) who is betrothed by her family to the King of England. After all, being the first person of color to become Queen certainly wasn’t the norm at the time.

Charlotte, a 17-year-old daughter from Germany, is married to the King of England, King George, and must be ready to become a queen at a young age.

Her journey to become Bridgerton ‘s regal Queen Charlotte will be long and arduous, and will spark a powerful love story that will have a profound impact on London’s societal transformation so that it becomes the era in the Bridgerton Universe we know.

Review Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Review

The past behind the cold figure of Queen Charlotte

Over the course of two seasons of Bridgerton , we were introduced to Queen Charlotte, the Queen who was stern, haughty, and cold. However, this prequel will show us what lies behind his character.

The Queen Charlotte series offers two separate timelines : one following Queen Charlotte, Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), and Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell), immediately after the events of Bridgerton season 2, another while Queen Charlotte was not yet queen and had just been promised by his brother, Adolphus (Tunji Kasim), to King George III (Corey Mylchreest).

Unlike the story of a princess who yearns for a prince, her character has been harsh and to the point since she was young. He was against getting an arranged marriage, and even tried to run away during the moments of his wedding. But he abandoned it after meeting King George in person, who was not as stupid and cruel as he thought.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Review

However, the road to his marriage was not immediately strewn with flowers. Viewers who have watched Bridgerton know that Queen Charlotte and King George’s marriage appeared to be a difficult marriage, due to George’s mental illness which prevented him from sometimes remembering his wife or major events. Apparently, this has happened since the beginning of their marriage.

Due to his circumstances, King George was forced to live separately from Queen Charlotte. They weren’t even together during her honeymoon and early pregnancy.

Just imagine, a 17-year-old girl is matched and moves from Germany to a completely foreign country. No family, not even someone he could meet. Once there, the only person she could rely on left her alone in the huge palace.

It didn’t stop there, she learned that her husband had a mental illness and was often thought to be insane. Charlotte must teach herself how to be a queen at a young age, and face her crazy husband.

His background makes the audience realize how heavy a burden he has to bear alone, thus making him a cold but authoritative and wise person.

The emotional struggle of love

Like Bridgerton , Queen Charlotte also presents a hot romance story. However, this time it becomes the most difficult relationship challenge ever. Even though their early married life did not go smoothly, they realized that they loved each other.

The two have no choice but to make their marriage work. While Queen Charlotte deals with her new country and customs, George fights an internal threat that no one around him can see or understand.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Watching them work hard for each other, overcome life’s challenges together, and fall more and more and understand each other’s weaknesses is the most rewarding part of the whole season. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the most meaningful, challenging, and emotional romance of the franchise.

The story of the powerful women who changed London’s social fabric

Social satire about the place of women in society and people of color as minorities become strong sub-plots. Apart from Charlotte, there are other female characters present with her, namely Lady Danbury and Lady Augusta who is King George’s mother. Each of them represents how women were treated at that time.

Queen Charlotte, who became the first queen of England of a different race, was certainly not immediately accepted by the royal family and her people. Lady Augusta was often belittled by the parliament because they thought women could not control the kingdom. And Lady Danbury, whose story is no less interesting than the main character’s, is truly inspiring.

Being a woman of color in the midst of white London royalty is not easy. Even though people of color had earned titles thanks to The Great Experiment , they were still not accepted by other members of the white nobility. Even when Lady Danbury wanted to throw a party, the other royals refused to attend her party.

Especially since her husband’s death, her life depended on royal recognition as either her son would inherit her husband’s titles, or she would live without his property, possessions and title. When Lady Danbury asked for legal assistance, no lawyer wanted to fulfill a woman’s summons, unless she did not write down her name.

However, realizing that only they know the burden that each other feels, the three of them strengthen and help each other. As Lady Augusta said to Lady Danbury, “I have learned over the years that I will not succumb to the futility of female achievement… Cover your wounds and hold on.”

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

The Great Experiment might never have succeeded in making Bridgerton’s world truly inclusive were it not for Lady Danbury’s various attempts to ensure that The Great Experiment was not just false royal promises.

Their stories add meaning and strengthen the whole story. Because of the efforts of our female characters, society in Bridgerton’s world came together, and later generations of people of color, such as the Duke of Hastings, enjoyed the same status in society as other members of the nobility.

Conclusion Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Unlike Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story presents a more complicated and emotional story. Showing the story behind the cold figure of the Queen and the responsibilities she had to carry throughout her life. The story is full of meaning, especially with the issues of race, women’s equality, and romance that are beautifully sewn together.

Beyond its plot, this series is as much a feast for the senses as its flagship series. From extravagant gowns, grand builds, to increasingly elaborate hairstyles. Not to forget the contemporary music performed by the orchestra completes this series. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has a special place in our hearts with its beautiful and meaningful story and struggle.

Zephyrine

Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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