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December 5, 2006
Campbell CA -- Camera 7
UK / France / Italy
English / German / French
97 Minutes

Tradition prepared her. Change will define her.

Dust off the shelf, Ms. Mirren, the Oscar is yours. I was not excited about this film at all. I'm not a royalist and I have no love of London or England. But she got me. The story of a woman who has lived her whole life a certain way, and is supposed to change at an advanced age to a more touchy-feely modern way of life. It's about the Queen of England immediately after the death of Princess Diana. All the footage of Diana is real. None of the footage of the Queen is.

They hide out immediately following the death on their huge estate in the country. They could scarcely be more out of touch, both literally and figuratively.

But the true-life story is only as good as the person playing the Queen. And Helen Mirren, whose been great in everything for years, is perfect. I can't think of anyone who got close.

This is the best-reviewed film of the year.

2006 Oscar Nominations:
~~Best Picture
~~Best Director for Stephen Frears
~~Best Original Screenplay for Peter Morgan
~~Best Actress for Helen Mirren

9.1 Metacritic



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