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The Queen 2006

  • Stephen Frears
  • September 30, 2006
  • 103 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Our Leaders. Ourselves.
The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an overt display of mourning.


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The Queen was wonderful. Who would have thought a movie about the Royal Family could be so interesting? Helen Mirren's understated portrayal of the Queen managed to humanise her and paint her as a sympathetic figure, while Michael Sheen is likewise portrayed in a very flattering light. Tony Blair's wife and staff on the other hand, particularly the Director of Communications, definitely weren't, though in the former's case, that was apparently historically accurate. Great score by Desplat as always, and the whole movie was a handsomely-constructed delight. Getting rid of tradition and royal protocol for somebody who wasn't even HRH anymore was uncool though, and the press and public should feel bad (for something that happened 17 years ago).

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