Following the death of Diana the 'People's Princess', the Queen (Helen Mirren) and her family remain hidden behind tradition and the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. whilst the heartbroken public becomes disillusioned with their Queen's absence, an increasingly popular Prime Minister, Tony Blair, must battle to convince the monarchy that its desire for privacy could lead to its ultimate downfall. With an outstanding performance from Helen Mirren, the Queen is Director Stephen Frears' engrossing, intimate and intelligently witty portrait of our monarchy's darkest days in the week following one of the nation's greatest tragedies.
Better than you might think
- The Queen review by Pete W
Definately not one of those dreadful films about the life and loves of the Windsors but a worthwhile attempt to portray the reaction within the royal household to the death of Princess Diana. At the time, the Royal Family seemed callous and uncaring. In the film some of them still are (particularly Philip) but the Queen herself (wonderful performance by Helen Mirren)is obviously in shock and needs rescuing (much to her chagrin) by young Mr Blair. Michael Sheen has deservedly got a monopoly on portrayals of our former Prime Minister - the voice and mannerisms are perfect. A scene stealing turn as the Queen Mum with an unexpected hard edge by Sylvia Syms. But worth watching for Helen Mirren's performance alone.
A barnstorming performance from Helen Mirren. She manages to capture the Queen's aloofness - while also injecting warmth and tenderness. Most of all she portrays a real person who is out of touch with modern values and struggling to maintain her sense of duty. This could quite easily have been over/under acted and the results would have been disasterous. Having said all that I felt the film was good but was lacking in any narrative tension - given that we know what is going to happen - and at times the other actors played their characters as if they were the Spitting Image puppets (eg Phillip - in a couple of scenes). But worth watching for Helen Mirren alone.