The Queen

From the desk of The Movie Snob

The Queen (B+). Director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, Philomena) brings us this quasi-documentary about what went on behind the palace walls during the week after Princess Diana’s death in 1997. You may recall that the Brits went into a paroxysm of grief that quickly morphed into anger towards the royal family because it showed virtually no public sign of mourning. Helen Mirren (White Nights, The Hundred-Foot Journey) does a splendid job as Queen Elizabeth. She is a tragic figure, a woman who has given her whole life to her people and then gets vilified for maintaining the stoic facade that she believes they expect from her. (Of course, that stoicism was easy to maintain since the royals really couldn’t stand Di.) Michael Sheen (UnderworldPassengers) does a fine job as newly elected Tony Blair, whose anti-monarchical instincts come up hard against grudging admiration for the Queen. Definitely worth seeing.


11 comments on “The Queen

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  2. […] forced by nuns to give her son up for adoption as an unwed, teenager mother.  Stephen Frears (The Queen; High Fidelity) directed a well-paced, heartwarming tale in the style of an odd-couple buddy […]

  3. […] her money in this film.  Director Stephen Frears adds another success to his impressive resume (The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things, High […]

  4. […] Affleck’s and Penn-Wright’s characters were good friends in college. Helen Mirren (The Queen) is Crowe’s and McAdams’ editor. Mirren gives an award-winning performance as a boss […]

  5. […] the Earth). It got a good review in the Dallas Morning News, and it has a fine cast (Helen Mirren, The Queen; Jim Broadbent, Bridget Jones’s Diary; Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings). The plot had […]

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  7. […] John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Helen’s potential love interest and Helen Mirren (The Queen) as her boss, bake for 2 hours, and you should have a heartwarming story about a young woman who […]

  8. […] long enough). And the cast is remarkable, including Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), and Harvey Keitel (Pulp Fiction), in addition to star Nicolas Cage (Valley […]

  9. […] title role in this British import.  An introverted playwright named Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings, The Queen) has bought a townhouse, and he soon meets neighborhood fixture Miss Shepherd (Smith). […]

  10. […] not a sour note in this movie about a fascinating 20th century character. And I can’t omit The Queen, starring an outstanding Helen Mirren in a quasi-documentary about the aftermath of Princess […]

  11. […] such as Liam Neeson (Wrath of the Titans), Patrick Stewart (X-Men: The Last Stand), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Ciaran Hinds (John Carter), and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects).  I enjoyed […]

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