Queenie review – so half-baked it could have been made by AI

Queenie review – so half-baked it could have been made by AI

The actors feel under-rehearsed, the plotlines are painful cliches and the lead character is totally bland. This adaptation of Candice Carty-Williams’s hit novel just isn’t fun – or funny – enough

The eponymous heroine of Queenie is called a lot of things in the TV show based on the hit novel from 2019. She’s labelled “angry”, “quirky” and just plain “too much” – but sadly this is a case of telling and not showing, because in fact we are asked to invest in a bland protagonist overcoming pedestrian obstacles that make you long for the show to be led by the OTT gal it alludes to.

We meet Queenie at the hospital for a gynaecology appointment, where she learns that she has had a miscarriage. Things get progressively worse after she bickers with her aunt (inexplicably attending the pre-work appointment with her), is late to her job as a social media assistant and has a relationship-ending fight at her white boyfriend Tom’s family get together.

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