He­len Mir­ren is mag­nif­i­cent in this en­gross­ing drama

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Whether you’re a monar­chist or a repub­li­can, you’ll find your­self riv­eted by this fas­ci­nat­ing con­jec­ture on events be­hind the scenes at Buck­ing­ham Palace and Down­ing Street in the days af­ter the death of Princess Diana in 1997. In a per­for­mance that rightly won her an Os­car, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, He­len Mir­ren does much more than a sim­ple im­per­son­ation of El­iz­a­beth II, and ac­tu­ally loses her­self en­tirely as the embattled monarch who is doggedly try­ing to up­hold ar­chaic tra­di­tions in a coun­try that no longer un­der­stands them. Michael Sheen is equally ef­fec­tive as Tony Blair, whose anti-royal sen­ti­ments un­dergo a grad­ual change as he set­tles into his new role as Prime Min­is­ter. Dir: Stephen Frears 2006, 12, 125min

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