I’ve liked Stephen Frears ever since I first saw his name on the High Fidelity credits, and his work is The Queen is just as good. Helen Mirren perhaps really does deserve her Oscar, but the parts that I liked the most were when the royal family was together, and they were bitching and quarreling just like any other family. Any other British family at least.
I’m a little disappointed that the movie teased me with a nugget of information that hinted that Princess Diana isn’t the vulnerable, beautiful princess that everyone thinks she was. When “Prince Charles” says something like “well, they’re not the ones that have to live with her on a daily basis are they?” or something like that. Would’ve been nice if they’d shed some more light on that, but otherwise it’s a great movie.