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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice acting, quite good film, 29 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Queen [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Helen Mirren's acting is indeed good, though she comes across as far more charismatic than the real Elisabeth.

I was imagining it would give more of an insight into the whole life of the Queen and was a little disappointed. Nevertheless, by concentrating on one episode (the aftermath of Diana's death) the film is able to go quite deeply into her feelings (in an indirect, suggestive way) and you gradually realise that it is throwing light on her whole life in retrospect. In doing so it comments quite critically on the relation of the monarchy to present-day Britain - though in a much more subtle way than the frenzied media criticism of the royal family that the film portrays.

The film is as much about the relationship between a prime minister and a monarch as about the Queen herself, and about the relationship of each with their electorate/subjects. The actor playing Blair is much more convincing than when he played the same role in a recent TV drama. Blair comes across as a real person, and one open to criticism but this is by no means a vehicle for crude Blair-bashing.

All in all the film is not earth-shattering, but worth watching as you ponder the political system of the country.
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Buddy says:
Helen Mirren is a right wing idiot.
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