I would have never thought that I'd want to see this movie. But it kept getting great reviews and it opened the NY Film Festival so I figured why the hell not? The reviews are not wrong, this is a very good movie.
Having no real interest in the Royal Family, I still found this film fascinating. Set in the week after that little bitch Diana's death, the Royals just don't quite get it. They don't understand the mood of the country and assume that the rest of the world will soon see how obnoxious Diana was and everyone will move on. Stiff upper lip, stiff upper lap.
Young whippersnapper Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen who looks just like him, it is quite eerie) has to convince the Queen to make a public appearance during the ensuing week. I often find films based on history either tedious (Thirteen Days) or straining too hard to connect to current events (Good Night and Good Luck). This film doesn't suffer from either of these faults.
The two scenes of Blair meeting face to face with the Queen are brilliant bookends for this modest yet very good film. Helen Mirren is a shoo-in for Best Actress.
Director: Stephen Frears
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