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Conflicts surrounding the very private and tradition-bound Queen Elizabeth II in the wake of the sudden death of Princess Diana. Dame Mirren's Best Actress Oscar®.
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Fresh: A lesser director might make all of this deadly earnest, but Frears treats it as what you might call a tragi-comedy of manners, perfectly serious but human foibles everywhere.-Bob Mondello, NPR.org, October 18, 2008
Rotten: The serio-comic approach offers a confusing portrait of the Queen's public and private faces: part sober drama, part high camp, part soap opera, and part right royal romp.-Anton Bitel, Film4, June 13, 2007
Fresh: Both [Michael Sheen and Helen Mirren] understand the prickly push-and-pull that defines the fight -- the Gray Monarch v. the Great Modernizer -- and give quiet gravitas to the polite but firm standoffs.-Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, February 03, 2007
Fresh:-, In Film Australia, January 05, 2007
I liked it very much, but it seems the Queen is very misunderstood. It was a sad time for everyone.
Reviewer: Jean Review refers to DVD version
I'm always interested when someone makes a new movie about the Royal Family, but am very particular about whether I spend my money to see them...and seldom do. Dame Mirren did a fantastic job in this role -- I commend the Academy for bestowing the Oscar on her for this performance. Her acting (with the writing and wonderful direction) makes you see Queen Elizabeth II as a human being, not just the monarch who was thrown into the position well before her time. After seeing it the first time, I immediately replayed it. So many facial expressions and nuances you catch with the second look. It shows, for those of us who aren't part of the Monarchy, the Queen's position as monarch oft times must preclude her position as a grandmother and/or a woman, and Mirren's expressions and actions make you feel for a woman who is saddled with centuries of history and upbringing that are being attacked by the modern world. And Michael Sheen did a stellar job as Tony Blair (whom I will always believe did a wonderful job for England). He has a line that puts everything into perfect perspective as those around him are nearly cheering for the Queen's "political" demise. Even if you're not a "fan" of Britain's monarchy, this movie is a must see. It's a part of our history - and you know what they say about those who do not learn from history.....
Reviewer: Cindy Review refers to DVD version