Number of Times Seen – 2 (12 Feb 2007, 19 Jul 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A look into the lives of the British royal family during the week following Princess Diana’s tragic death
My Take on it – Helen Mirren does a superb job as the Queen of England as the world perceives her.
It is a known fact that the world perceives the Royal Family as being very snobby and very private. This movies takes us behind the curtain to see how newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) attempted to change the world perception during the tumultuous week following Diana’s death.
This movie also shows the human side of the monarchy including Charles, Philip and especially Elizabeth who all try to cope with the news and still manage to keep their “monarchy” still intact after constant mudslinging from the press and the people.
Although this movie is mostly a work of fiction, its strength actually lies in the fact that the basis of the story is fact and the fictitious parts just fill in the gaps.
This movie is totally Mirren’s show and she deservingly won an Oscar for her portrayal.
I decided to re-watch this movie after having seen The King’s Speech (2010) just last week and I am actually quite grateful for that fact. Having seen it again and knowing more about the life of King George VI has definitely added to the enjoyment of watching this movie and I like d it even more than I did the first time around (although I also quite enjoyed it then).
Bottom Line – Excellent performances by Mirren and Sheen. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy