4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superlative drama with a host of real Stars.....,
This review is from: The Queen [DVD]  (DVD)
I have rated this film with 4 stars; not because it isn't an excellent example of a great British film, but because it made uncomfortable viewing in parts, dealing as it does with the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
I agree with the comments made about Helen Mirren in the other reviews of this film. To add to them, I think she is certainly a national treasure and very versatile an actress. The actors playing Prince Phillip and Prince Charles are exactly as I would imagine their real counterparts to be. Prince Phillip demonstrates quite a compassionate side and great loyalty to the Queen, and it would be nice to think that this is how he conducts himself in reality. Sylvia Sims plays the Queen Mother and very ably too. The Queen Mother's role in the film appears to be to lend gravitas to the very real burden that our Queen, as the reigning Monarch, must experience on a day to day basis.
The behaviour of 'Tony Blair and Cherie' made me laugh out loud. I wonder how true to form it actually was. In particular, the actor playing Tony Blair was extremely capable and several times during the film I forgot that he wasn't the Prime Minister.
The most uncomfortable part of the film for me was the public hysteria emanating immediately after the death of the princess. I thought the film handled this aspect very sensitively but oh how I wish this could have been changed to NOT reflect actual events before, during and after the funeral. I wish that the Queen had remained steadfast in her original position to keep the funeral a private matter, particularly for her grandsons who were very young.
Alas, the public appetite for gratuitous involvement at that time resulted in an unprecedented and very public demonstration of 'grief' and this has obviously been incorporated as a primary focus of the film.
In summary, I think this is an excellent film but its tragic event - and the hystrionics that followed - made me truly ashamed to be British.