18/10/2006

THE QUEEN (one is just about amused)




The Queen

Being a Brit I remember the media circus that surrounded the weeks after the death of Diana, I watched this film with much anticipation; certainly a controversial subject to offer dramatis, and I am a huge fan of all of the major cast.

The film is set in the week following the death of Princess Diana. The main drive is the dialogues between our Queen and the Prime Minister. The conversations are of course all subjective to the whim of the screen play, and at times the characters fall into larger than needed caricatures, which makes me wonder if the film is really pandering too far to an international audience.
Helen Mirren is the main reason for this film being more than an impressionists wet dream. Her performance understands the dignity of monarch, facing pressure from press, family, and the administrations she sees herself spearheading.

Michael Sheen plays like a more talented Mike Yarwood, seemingly to worried to look like our esteemed leader than actually acting, Whilst his role is at times perfect, the film is deeply floored to suggest that he saved the monarchy from demise. Diana’s death was a changing point in the way the royals dealt with protocol, but they would have certainly lasted to this day regardless of the way they acted.

This film’s queen is a traditional thinker almost lost in a fast-changing world, and perhaps realistically her public face is as emotionally stable as her private one. Mirren manages despite the clich├ęd dialogue to show some inner angst, and acts her co-stars away.

Just as the drama centres on one woman, the film has been saved by an amazing central performance.

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