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The Queen
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Directed By
Stephen Frears

Written By:
Peter Morgan

Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Sylvia Syms, Alex Jennings, Helen McCrory, Roger Allam, Pat Laffan, Tim McMullan, Douglas Reith, Robin Soans, Lola Peploe, Joyce Henderson, Amanda Hadingue, John McGlynn

The Queen (2006)
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Movie Review by Justin
April 25th, 2007

The Queen

And so, dear readers, we come to another Tuesday and with NetFlix arriving right on time, we come to another edition of Justin's movie blog. Today's movie in question "The Queen" starring Helen Mirren in her Oscar-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II.

The film itself centers on the death of Princess Diana and the week or so that followed. It focuses both on Her Majesty and on newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair. It also follows their reactions, professional and personal. And while it's not a big secret that Elizabeth didn't care very much for Diana, it does she that she has a certain amount of remorse for the woman.

While I'm not exactly sure if this movie is really based on truth or more based on speculation, it is a fascinating movie that explores the two systems of government in Britian, but also explores what it truly means to be the Queen of England and how she has to evolve with changing trends and times.

I will say that the acting performances in this movie are wonderful. Mirren turns in a solid performance as a confused, fustrated, angry and utimately remorseful monarch in time of crisis. (That being said, I thought Judi Dench was better in "Notes on a Scandal", that's just me). And Michael Sheen is wonderful as toothy-grinned Tony Blair who, although he's a progressive politican, tries his damnedest to get throught to the aging Monarchy.

Although, a warning dear readers, I did find this movie dry. Dry as burnt toast. If you're in the mood for dry British drama, then I highly reccomend this one, but I seldom know people who are.

But, that aside, who's going to like this movie? Well, as aforementioned, if you like British dramas, you might like this one. If you've ever been curious about the British Monarchy or the Queen of England herself, this one paints an interesting portrait. (An irony, as the movie opens with the Queen having her portrait painted). If you liked the movie "Scandal", this one might be interesting to watch (although, sorry to disappoint you chaps, but there's no nudity in it). But, honestly, it's difficult for me to think of another movie to compare it to.

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Apr 25, 2007 2:08 AM
I've always seen Helen Mirren as being an older hottie. Seeing her as the queen was a bit of a shocker for me.

Great review, btw.

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