Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Queen

I saw The Queen today. Remember when Litwit said Helen Mirren is a rock star? That was a bit of an understatement. Her portrayal of HRH Queen Elizabeth II is astounding. Set during the week after Princess Diana's death on August 31, 1997, Mirren shows us the traditional, funny, cold, emotional and vulnerable Elizabeth. The film has its funny moments, yet is primarily a look at the other side of the picture - of how the royal family handled Princess Diana's death. This is Mirren's second turn as a queen - last year portraying Elizabeth I on HBO and winning an Emmy for it and now Elizabeth II which should get her an Oscar nod - and she proves that she is a fucking rock star.

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