I got a copy of of this film over the weekend, I'd hoped to go to see it in the Cinema, but missed it. Considering how many awards it got, i expected a really good film. But it was surprisingly dull.
Having said that , I did think Helen Mirrans portrayal of The Queen was brilliant . God knows how long she must have studied her, she had all her mannerisms spot-on. And I can see why she got awards. But I found the portrayal of Tony Blair was most odd ,more like a caricature, For me the whole film lacked 'depth' and was rather tedious. Has anyone else seen it ?
Yes I saw it too, but I'm afraid I wasn't impressed either. I found it quite boring and was tempted to turn it off, but thought I should watch the whole film. I was quite relieved when it was finished but do agree that Helen Mirran was really impressive and well deserved her award.
Hi Brenda, Perhaps the press were guilty for 'hyping it up ' to much. it gave us preconceived ideas maybe. One thing though, the scene with the dead stag, after seeing it in all its beauty earlier, really turned my stomach. What were they trying to say with this scene,? do you think they meant that The Queen was more effected by the death of the stag than by the death of Diana, ? Or am I reading too much into it.
I Bought it for my mum for mothers day and watched it on Monday, I agree it lacked depth but I quite liked it. I was expecting it to be much better though! Like you say I think the press are guilty for "hyping" it up too much. At points I thought she WAS the queen. I suppose it was so hyped up due to the topic of it being based around the royals and princess Diana. Carolyn.. I also wondered why they showed the stag and how it had affected the queen, I didn't see the point of that part I didn't like that Alistair man that worked for T.Blair, he was arrogant and unsensitive. I wouldn't go out and buy this film after seeing it, I think once was enough but maybe borrow it from a friend if you are having trouble sleeping
I saw this film yesterday. I feared the worst because it is a very delicate subject, but I think the scriptwriter did a splendid job. All the characters seemed like 'real' people to me, apart from Prince Phillip and Cherie Blair. They were portrayed in a rather one dimensional way, in my opinion. I loved the Queen mother's sarcastic sense of humour, she made me chuckle many times. Helen Mirren was marvellous as Queen Elizabeth and I liked the fact that she managed to give her two different accents, a private one and a public one; a mirror on her personality perhaps?
Regarding the infamous stag: I think it is meant to be a metaphor for Diana herself; the beautiful animal (woman) being chased by stalkers (paparazzi). When Queen Elizabeth goes to the neighbouring estate, she and the ghillie talk about the dead stag.
G: "The stalkers had to follow him for miles to finish him off." Q: "Let's hope he didn't suffer too much"
That might just as well have been a conversation about Diana's last minutes.
When all is said and done, who knows what went on behind closed doors during "that week" as they call it? I think the film was fairly objective and I enjoyed it very much.
I thought the whole film extremely clever. Helen Mirren portrayed the queen very well although I would have liked to have seen 'the queen' to be a little warmer in her smile. She appeared cold for most of the time but of course there was not much for her to smile about that particular week, was there. I personally believe that she would have been a lot more upset and shocked over the sudden death of the Princess. I think the stag scene could have held a double meaning, like GGG says above. I liked the scene in the hills when she became stuck in the river with the jeep. At last, on her own = away from everybody, she let all her emotions out. I think she felt akin to the stalked deer herself.
The scenes of the flowers outside the gates of Buck.Palace had me in tears for the Princess.
I had to laugh at Tony Blair and Cherie, what a pair, portrayed in their little movements and ways so well, but I found it so funny!
And Sylvia Simms as the Queen Mother, I just didn't recognise her, SS has changed so much.
I was loaned the film, I wouldn't have purposely gone out to buy it, but I still found I couldn't take my eyes off the tv once it started and would enjoy watching it again.
Before watching this film recently on DVD, I viewed the behind-the-scenes extras and was glad I had. Helen Mirren discusses finally relaxing into the role after realizing she was portraying a portrait of the Queen. I kept this in mind while watching the movie because I thought it was an appropriate way to understand the other performances and the story itself. Though based on facts, this was, after all, someone’s interpretation, a portrait, of what happened, how incidents unfolded. It made me think about things from the Royal family’s perspective.
I was surprised I recognized the ‘stag house’ perhaps there’s a picture of it, or one similar, somewhere on this board. But I said it out loud and was asked to clarify. “It’s where they take care of the stags,” I said, “after they’ve been killed.“ Still, I was unprepared to actually see that graphic image. Maybe that was the achieving effect, something jarring, because I do agree it had a double meaning. The Queen possibly ruminating about Diana’s life, the parallels, her (all of them) being stalked…
Really, what it all boils down to is, crown or no crown, though the situations may differ, we all share the same emotions.
I watched this film on dvd about a month ago, and had to laugh out loud at the portrayal of Tony and Cherie Blair It was indeed strange to think that that could have been how the royal family felt at the death of Diana, but they were made to look quite unfeeling - especially Prince Philip and the Queen. Not much shock, or tears. But then the Queen must have become used to keeping her emotions in check after all these years, unless completetly on her own.
The scene with the stag certainly brought home the cruelty of the killing but, like you say, the double meaning was there.
I believe the film is coming on to TV shortly as I've seen an excerpt at the weekend.
Post by Donald MacDonald on Sept 3, 2007 14:32:22 GMT
but they were made to look quite unfeeling - especially Prince Philip and the Queen. Not much shock, or tears. But then the Queen must have become used to keeping her emotions in check after all these years, unless completetly on her own.
But as both the Queen and Philip hated Diana I would never have expected them to show that much grief I'm always suprised when others are surprised at the lack of emotion The Queen and Philip showed over Diana's death - it was no secret that they couldn't stand her!
As someone who is both anti-monarchy and anti-Diana I wasn't sure what to make of the whole thing, I didn't know whose side to take. I thought the film was really good though, Michael Sheen was superb as Tony Blair and Syvia Symms quite funny as the Queen Mother. But I wonder how true the film really was?
Edited to add: this is my 1001st post - how exciting
I couldn't help but watch it again! I think the portrayals of everyone amazing. I really laughed at the Tony Blair lookalike and Cherie, they were great! In fact, all the actors did very well and you could almost think they were the real people, they got the individual little actions of the Royal family off to a tee, their hand movements etc.