: The Queen
is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an overt display of mourning.
Directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity
), The Queen
was a sombering and genuine film that placed me right in the center of Princess Diana's death and a nation's reaction to it. I thought Helen Mirren definitely deserved her Oscar for best female performance and Michael Sheen did an excellent job as Prime Minister Tony Blair.
I enjoyed the film but wasn't as moved by it as I expected - the scene with the stag was beautiful and brilliant but overall I'm glad this film did not win best picture - there just wasn't enough there to beat out The Departed
(out of 5) stars.