Director: Stephen Frears
I didn’t know it before this weekend but turns out I’ve always wanted to say “I’m off to see the Queen”. Thankfully Stephen Frears new movie The Queen afforded me just such a luxury. Released in November The Queen has been receiving endless awards and kudos of being a fantastic film with top notch performances. I could not agree more as it moved briskly and was entertaining throughout.
However, one couldn’t help but feel more than a little disappointed by the ‘crisis’ they chose to focus on. Here is a woman who has stoically been the head of England since Winston Churchill, right up to today when Tony Blair lied to her people and forced countless British soldiers to be slaughtered in Americas war of terror. Yet, the film focuses on how the royal family dealt with the sudden death of Diana. Definitely a pivotal point in the royal family’s story, but to dedicate such a fabulous film to this blip is a touch disappointing.
Having little previous information about the young Tony Blair or the Queen it’s unfortunate that this film is little more than a tribute to Diana and a complete Tony Blair love in. Each time Tony is on the screen valiantly fighting to help the Queen, one cant help but think this is the same American apologist who lied about weapons of mass destruction. What I would have given to see the queens reaction to Britain declaring war on Iraq for an obvious lie.
But no, the only person who comes of badly in this film is Tony’s
wife who is portrayed as a disrespectful witch to the bitter end. Helen
Mirren on the other hand is an absolute peach as the Queen mum and this
is a fantastic film, just don’t expect to see much that matters.