The Queen

Stephen Frears. 2006.
9:30pm Wednesday July 23, 2008. The Egyptian

The Queen is the height of mediocrity. Aside from Helen Mirren’s commanding performance, there is absolutely nothing unique or exciting about this film. Essentially taking a fantastic premise and a wonderful microcosm through which to look at the British monarchy and it’s relationship with the elected government, Peter Morgan’s script reduces it to a couple of high brow jokes, some ham-fisted symbolism with a stag, a couple of neat character arcs for our leads and called it a day. Michael Sheen has nice moments but he and the rest of the cast have put way too much faith in their writer and not enough in their own instincts. The result is a film that feels as flat as a movie of the week on BBC America but with better costumes.

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