The Queen – a story of two women – bound together by protocol
and by death.
This is a film which will remain in the best-seller list for a long, long time – not just due to the Oscar and Bafta winning performance by Helen Mirren, but also by the glimpse it gives us of the private life of a woman who has maintained her dignity throughout her very public life. Helen Mirren dedicated her Oscar to the lady who she had portrayed with such luminescence, praising her dignity and decorum. A great dvd to add to your collection. Buy this dvd with a Zavvi Discount Code
Tracing the halcyon days which followed Princess Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris, the film is a portrayal not just of a Queen who is trying to come to terms with the public outpouring at the death of her ex-daughter-in-law, but also trying to adjust to changing protocols and traditions. Her reluctance to fly the flag at half-mast, her sorrow at the hunting of a deer and her majesty when receiving a smirking Cherie Blair are all shown in a very understated manner, yet you learn to sympathise with her and appreciate her more.
The charm of the film lies not just in the docu-drama scenario of the story, but in our fascination with royalty and with Diana in particular. Princess Diana is shown only in true news clippings through the film, yet her presence is very tangible through every skein of the story. Prince Philip is shown to be a fairly disgruntled human being and Prince Charles as a warm and caring father. Tony Blair, played with aplomb by Martin Sheen somehow manages to make us feel kindly towards him as he tries to deal with an unusual situation, with no benchmarks to guide him.
Combining truth with many unsaid side stories, the film is one of subtle innuendos, of different classes of society which collide in a heartbreaking crash, of cool reserve and stoic dignity, of public clamour and private lives and above all of how unexpected circumstances can change how we perceive our public figures.