Monday, January 01, 2007

The Queen

The Queen (2006)

After Princess Diana's shocking death, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) engage in intimate talks as Britain demands the princess be memorialized in a manner beyond standard protocol. This drama goes behind the scenes as the queen and prime minister try to manage Diana's death on a personal level while also dealing with a public calling for royal treatment for their beloved Diana. James Cromwell co-stars.
My Two Cents: Despite the silly hyperbole of its central plot, it's a fascinating "fly on the wall" political docudrama fueled by Mirren's Oscar-worthy performance.

NetFlix Rank: Loved It
IMDB Rank: 8/10

Further Thoughts:

What struck me most about this was the way it played out. It reminded me of Thirteen Days, though that film certainly tackled a more meaningful subject. The Queen operates in the back rooms of the political process, chronicling the spin-doctors, decision-makers and story-shapers at work.

Then there's Mirren. Her performance was as good as anything I've seen the past few years -- absolutely solid in every regard, as she lends an empathetic light to Queen Elizabeth. The rest of the cast complemented her work, but she no doubt steals the show.


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