Becky and I went to see The Queen on Friday night at the AMC movie theater in Highlands Ranch. The Fandango website at The Queen describes the movie as follows:
“Following the death of Princess Diana in an auto accident, Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) struggle to reach a compromise in how the royal family should publicly respond to the tragedy. In the balance is the family’s need for privacy and the public’s demand for an outward show of mourning.”
The Queen is up for a 6 Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Helen Mirren), Directing, Original Screenplay, Original Score, and Costume Design. Unlike the film we saw last week that is being nominated for awards as well, The Queen actually delivered.
This is a very good film from start to finish that we both enjoyed. It was a very interesting and fascinating film about the period of time when the death of Princess Diana shocked the world. It wasn’t just about her death though, in fact, it would have been really boring had it only been about that. It was really a unique glimpse into the politics and challenges facing the British Monarchy during that time, but also the establishment itself.
In America, most people snub their noses at the idea of having a Monarchy, since after all our forefathers had a tea party and a Revolution over the idea. However, I really gained an appreciation for Queen Elizabeth and her role as being appointed by God to lead her country and provide an advisory role to the Prime Minister. Frankly, I found her “true grit” a breath of fresh air compared to the spineless politicians we so often see catering to big business in this country.
One part of the film that really stuck with me was in the beginning when soon to be appointed Prime Minister Tony Blair has his first meeting with The Queen. In this dialogue, Mr. Blair starts explaining why he should be appointed and she interrupts him to let him know that she is the one who is to be doing the talking. She has him take a seat and makes a point to mention that there had been 10 Prime Ministers sitting where he sat in front of her, one of which was Sir Winston Churchill.
That really put her position and leadership role as an icon for the people in perspective for me, which I think was unjustly lost by the media during the Princess Diana auto accident.
Becky and I both enjoyed this movie and I’m rating it as a Don’t Miss It and Becky thought it was Worth The Trip. Either way, we both believe you will enjoy this film, even if you’re not a fan of history.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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