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The Queen Movie Review Summary

Actors: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Roger Allam

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"The Queen" is a dramatization of events in September 1997, the week after Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris. Tony Blair (Sheen) has only recently been chosen as the new Labour Party prime minister. He has been feeling his way in his new relationship with the reigning monarch, Elizabeth II (Mirren), who has been on the throne nearly half a century.
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The Royal Family have been resentful of Diana's behavior while she was still married to Prince Charles, and her elevation to celebrity status by the people. Elizabeth believes the Princess's death is a family matter, that with divorce she is legally no longer a member of the British royalty, and that the Queen's own response should be restrained, dignified, and private. Her husband Prince Philip (Cromwell) feels this even more strongly, and takes Diana's sons out hunting for deer every day on Balmoral estate.

Blair, however, perceives that the British people -- maybe even the rest of the world -- want to grieve, and expect the Royal Family to treat Diana's death as an occasion for royal and public ceremony. So over the course of the week he and his team (with occasional encouragement from Prince Charles and Robin Janvrin, the Queen's private secretary -- played by Alex Jennings and Allam, respectively -- inside the castles) try to maneuver the Royal Family into doing the things they don't want to do, that have never been done before. What is wonderful about this 2006 film, apart from Mirren's stunningly on-target performance, is that it is sympathetic to both the Queen and Blair, and that Blair comes to see and defend what she stands for.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prince/king/queen/knight

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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