Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Queen

Interesting films always seem to come in streaks. Drought or flood, this weekend was flood, and we were forced to choose from five or six desirable candidates. In the end, overwhelming critical acclaim led us to The Queen.

The praise of Helen Mirren's performance as Queen Elizabeth II is deserved; she does a wonderful job in this subtle film focusing on the tensions between Tony Blair, the British public and the Monarchy after the death of Princess Diana.

Ebert: "The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood."



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