Rating: PG for mildly scary moments
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
sweet little movie screaming to get out of the sentimental
Its charm rest squarely on the shoulders of spunky pre-teen Elizabeth Wakefield (newcomer Sally Andrews), a young dreamer who fantasizes about a visit from freshly-coronated Queen Elizabeth II, who is expected to tour the tiny island nation.
Naturally the “witch” (Vicky Haughton as Hira Mata) is merely an old woman and Maori legend steeped in the history of vintage Middleton and its Maori roots. Hard choices stem from that relationship; ultimately the friendship is put to the toughest test.
Majesty spreads itself too thin, veering from the pivotal
Overly-caricatured portrayals are tempered with nicely observed cultural commentary and a well-intentioned sweetness. But less is more; an excess of tired elements lend the narrative the trite sensation of an ABC After-School Special.
Majesty was financed outside the studio system by
well-connected locals (including Lisa Gordon of