The Queen (2006) - Biography, Drama, History

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 40 out of 445 found boring (8.98%)

One-line Reviews (244)

It's a film well worth watching.

Stephen Frears' The Queen, written by Peter Morgan (co-author of The Last King of Scotland) and starring Helen Mirren, is a glittering, compelling, solemnly anxious news comedy about the week in late summer, 1997, when Tony Blair, fresh in office as new-Liberal Prime Minister, "saved" the British royal family, or saved it from itself, when Lady Di died in Paris.

The subject was boring, the acting pedestrian and there were no great insights.

The movie, elegantly shot by Stephen Frears (director of "Mrs Henderson presents", credential that he knows he way around things British) evolves around an engaging parrying between then newly elected (in landslide too) young Prime Minister Tony Blair and 70-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, surrounding the royal family's response (or rather the lack of which) to the death of "people's princess" Diana, who had already divorced Charles and was therefore not a member of the royal family.

"The Queen" provides us with a fascinating glimpse into the heart of a royal - or, in the case of Queen Elizabeth II, quite possibly the void where that heart ought to be.

Actual news footage is interwoven with wonderfully written scenes to create a fascinating look behind palace walls during a time of crisis.

The death of a princess may not be important in the grand scheme of it all, but it provides a backdrop for a compelling personal drama.

The thing that was most breathtaking about her performance was it subtlety.

But Frears and screenwriter Peter Morgan - who incidentally teamed up three years ago for "The Deal," which featured Michael Sheen as Tony Blair - have turned what could very easily have been a trashy tabloid story into a compelling, moving and utterly enthralling political drama.

A compelling film .

,and there are some compelling scenes.

The Queen is a generally well made film with some very good performances (Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen in particular) and it is mostly very engaging the whole way through.

Mirren, while breathtaking didn't elevate me to soaring heights and the characterisation was a little too harsh.

One redeeming attribute is actual footage that's interwoven into the film, that was taken as the public's reaction to Diana's death -- but, ironically, that attribute just makes the scripted scenes seem all the more flat and contrived.

Right away, I brace myself for something slow, something even boring, or just downright so "intelligent," that it fails to connect with me in anyway.

Mixing documentary footage and fictionalised dialogues, director and writer build a fascinating portrayal of a monarch faced with a set of circumstances her whole life and reign has never prepared her for, and the clash between age-old establishment and newly minted modern populist government.

He plays Blair with an intriguing mix of adult experience and youthful eagerness, whose emotional struggles mirror Elizabeth's, albeit in a decidedly less subtle manner.

It's an entertaining, well made, Oscar winning film.

It's character study of the monarchy will probably be boring to many, especially in the beginning.

This is a well crafted, well acted and enjoyable piece, a speculation on recent British history and a remarkably balanced film that manages to steer a course through a contentious and emotive subject to present a mostly clear and unsentimental view.

The magnificent Helen Mirren dominates this entertaining film.

On top of all this the pace of the film is very slow.

The whole thing has the feel of a made-for-TV movie, in spite of the breathtaking helicopter shots of the Scottish Highlands.

The insight into the Royal Family is fascinating, and more so to the Queen (eg she drives a little jeep around the property).

I actually enjoyed it, and I thought it was surprising.

The British Royal family is perhaps one of the most inaccessible and distant still existing monarchies, since they rarely ever show their true emotions, which is mainly due to Elizabeth II, who always seems like an emotionally bland person with an always bland expression on her face.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The storytelling is compelling.

" Unforgettable scene with stunning cinematography!

This movie seeks to give a fair hearing to the much maligned royals, acknowledging the basic ridiculousness of a 20th century society willfully engaging in the mass delusion of treating an unelected, unappointed and factually powerless figurehead as if she were still important, while being fair to that figurehead and her family for the odd behavior their odder situation has cultivated in them.

The script is sharp and witty, with unexpected humors permeated throughout.

This enjoyable film is a fictional account of the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the royal family after the death of Princess Diana.

The most enjoyable moments I had while watching the film were her interactions with animals, not humans, because there appears to be a different kind of appreciation and delight that she gains from them.

And there is this absolutely stunning Diana-car-sequence, where sound, editing and images form something definitely memorable.

In fact, it's all a bit pointless.

Mirren's delicately nuanced performance is breathtaking and Michael Sheen (FROST/NIXON)proves to be a formidable screen presence in his interpretation of Tony Blair.

The movie displays great deftness in catching these wonderful little nuances of the way society and royalty interact, and these touches are so entertaining that one almost regrets the overarching plot that demands the reconciliation of these two deeply odd entities -- it's the moments of disconnect that draw you in the most.

Despite my problem with the film's reason for being, "The Queen" is a fascinating drama.

Worst Movie Ever .

It's a consistently engaging experience, giving us a fascinating insight into the Royal Family's feelings, humanising them, and showing us they are real people after all.

It was the most boring film i watched this year.

It will not change your life, but it's reasonably entertaining.

One cannot help but sigh as you see him handle this crisis so well, (which today seems utterly banal, as crises go), being so attuned to the mood of his people, almost singlehandedly saving the monarchy from imploding, and then realize that he wasted all the good faith of his country through a misguided, hubristic allegiance to George Bush.

Her casting of Queen Elizabeth II is quite stunning considering that she already played her namesake and won an Emmy for it.

I highly recommend it though remove kids from ages ten under who will spoil the movie by constantly asking questions.

So unusually, I watched the Queen both sympathetic to the confusion and outright indignation she presumably felt, at having to cow to this ludicrous collective nervous breakdown and the publics legitimate right to demand her compliance and example in a time of so called national crisis.

A wonderful and surprisingly entertaining Queen, with a knockout performance by Mirren.

In sum, I can only strongly recommend this film because it is fascinating and very interesting to people who want to learn about history.

We see a literal application of correct funerary protocol driving a huge, and unexpected, wedge between the English royal family and its subjects.

Michael Sheen also delivers a multi-layered and engaging portrait of Tony Blair, helped immeasurably by the striking resemblance he bears to Blair.

Compelling story let down by wooden acting .

Charles is actually the most fascinating character in the story, as it's subtly suggested that keeping him in subservient irrelevance for his entire adult life trapped him in a state of emotional adolescence.

Anyways, the movie pacing is really slow for a short movie.

Especially story lines that blend some true to life (heresay, subjective) info with completely dreamed-up 'filler' screenplay activities and dialogue (mostly dialogue)..I find these kinds of movies sooo boring, especially when they are teamed up with heavyweight 'stars' with 'coached' accents and elaborate wardrobe...

They took awkward, disjointed stabs at each of those things, then like kid with ADD and a double espresso, lurched jerkily to the next thing without looking back.

Nothing happens in this movie it is just boring.

He created a fascinating portrayal of the royal family after the tragedy.

" Helen Mirren is breathtaking.

It was quite boring if you ask me.

Waste of time....

Intriguing .

It's about as interesting as a lame made for TV, predictable mystery or a ridiculous teen movie that goes nowhere and does nothing (and makes no difference)...

It is truly a fascinating glimpse into the workings of the royal family.

Ho Hum, Another Movie of the Week .

As presented by "The Queen," the entity of Elizabeth II comprises an intriguing mixture of naivete and worldliness, cushioned detachment and sly, sometimes prickly wisdom.

The other aspect of the film that I found interesting and exciting was the suggestion of a dramatic shift of certain British values, a change of character present already since the earlier Thatcher's years and then completed by Blair after wards, that has transformed British society drastically in the last two decades.

I totally recommend this fascinating film.

An intriguing blend of character perspectives.

But I was bored, the film was viewed like a Wednesday afternoon movie on the Hallmark channel.

Given that this movie only covers a weeks worth of time, it is amazing that it is able to tell an intense story and give insight to the characters involved.

James Cromwell as the dull Consort Prince Phillip and Alex Jennings as the tearful ex-husband and prince, heir to the throne.

This movie is scene-after-scene of tedious, rigid dialog.

The smooth editing of Princess Diana's actual footage and other background events, along with the cast performances creates an elegant, compelling, and truly brilliant cinematic experience.

The story of the Queen's about face on her decision is the bones of the film and it is riveting right to the end.

But sometimes his movie eye misses the mark or lacks an intriguing or well-rounded story.

Sure the acting is descent, but the movie is pointless.

The Queen is riveting.

Very entertaining and educational.

She watched as it appropriated elements of American pop culture and liberalism which shook her existence to the core -- this woman is a relic, a symbol, a grotesque waste of money.

She conveys the confusion, agony, and submission of the Queen in such a palpable way that I stopped wondering or caring whether or not it was documented fact.

A feeling amplified by the simply stunning cast.

To understand the very notion of monarchy and duty in an episodic script is highly ambitious and ultimately, tragically manipulative and boring.

Absorbing, yes; even faintly riveting.

But the point is this movie is just dull and certainly did not deserve to be nominated for best picture.

This is a remarkably well done and entertaining movie a comprehensive review of which I will leave to more accomplished writers.

In some ways, "The Queen" feels like it should have come out last year, when a number of other relevant, terse and immensely engrossing films flooded the screens.

The Best and Most Entertaining History Lesson of the Year .

The QueenThe conversations are bang on accurate and so are the behaviour and the environment offered to the set which is rich and clean visually (for obvious reasons) that endorses its stunning production, costume and make-up design.

The be succinct this movie, even when very well acted and directed, appears to be propaganda/payola sponsored by the queen and/or those who support "the royalty" (read parasites).

It makes the film feel boring at times, and allows it to lose the edge it had going in.

Sheen eventually becomes his role at the end, but the progression is slow at times; I strongly doubt that the real Blair was as a passive player of the events just before Diana's death as the movie portrays him.

They are such a conventional, mundane family.

") and Prince Charles deal with the death in their own understanding is completely engrossing and the acting by all those playing members of the Royal Family are so convincing that you almost feel like you are sitting in Buckingham Palace listening to them squabble.

Merrin was absolutely stunning in her role as the queen, she was so dignified and elegant, I'm sure she'll be up for a nomination during the Oscars.

And as the world mourned, I scratched my head in confusion.

To sum it up it is a very interesting movie that show the development of a slowly change in a country due to peaceful conversations and a caring and open minted Queen, but in some parts it becomes slightly boring due to long and repeatedly discussion scenes.

The intense sadness that wells again upon seeing the news shots of Diana and the sea of flowers as well as other well edited news footage is superbly presented for maximum effect (on me anyway).

This focus allows for far more depth, nuance and detail to be exposed within the film rather than the usual broad strokes and generalizations, superseding the common structure and making The Queen a fundamentally fascinating watch.

The film deals with how Queen Elizabeth faced an unexpected public relations nightmare upon Diana's death and while I can't say that I was any more enamoured by the Royals than I was with Diana, I appreciate their predicament.

The conflict between Blair and Elizabeth makes for exciting viewing.

While I agree with people who say that this is not her best performance, it is nonetheless a stunning performance.

for 2 hours answering calls, writing letters, seeing politicians etc.After I saw the movie i summed it up for the fun of it as "You know in those really exciting movies you see once in a while, there's got to be a scene where the two parties negotiate, and you might think that that scene slows down the movie.

Boring.

The head-on collision between these opposing perspectives was revealed in stunning detail in the film.

Would we want our Queen to lust for headlines or grin like the pretentious Cheshire cat of Downing Street?

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

The film mirrors our times with stunning accuracy.

I do wonder about how legitimate the content is but it is enjoyable enough even if it was entirely fictionalised.

After watching this painful piece of cinema, I can honestly say this is a terribly boring, overrated film.

A compelling, low-key film for adults.

Its engaging because every viewer will have lived through that period and this gives peeks into corners we may have wondered about at the time.

It is slow and boring.

Yawn .

The dialogue is completely engaging never leaving the viewer outside the room rather, inviting us in to this tragic time of loss and accountability.

Not as engaging as I had hoped, but still textbook compelling .

Heartfelt and riveting; a beautifully photographed and crafted drama.

And enough with the kitchy royal cliché's (the land rovers, the queen's dogs, etc.) Surely they could do better than that.

Equally fascinating and astonishing by reel 3, it does take a good half hour for one to get used to the pantomime happening with gradual credibility before your very wide open eyes.

The film is more than a believable record of a week in the lives of the Royals and of the Prime Minister – it makes some telling points about modern Britain – the country that had just given the Labour Party a stunning victory after eighteen years of rule by the Conservatives.

) From my perspective then, I found The Queen ponderously slow and too understated.

Mirren, however, always makes it worth watching.

There is a stunning scene that illustrates this point, when Elizabeth, the determined, stubborn 'old fool' as one character calls her decides to drive a Jeep herself through rough terrain on her estate and gets stuck in a river.

I was wrong, because what Stephen Frears created is a fascinating portrayal of the royal family after the tragedy that deserves the big screen treatment.

But enter Helen Mirren, one of the finest actresses on the screen today, and this potentially boring potentate becomes a vibrantly detailed and fascinating portrait of a queen at odds with the times.

I didn't understand what it was meant to be, and the fact she tries to protect the deer in one scene, but then she congratulated the deer's hunter, which was confusing to me.

TO ME) this is boring, uninteresting and (Yawn) a waste of money...

It was imaginative, informative, moving, historical, engrossing and highly entertaining.

Like the dreadful "United 93", it seems like a pointless, shameful exploitation of a recent tragedy in the name of making a buck.

The end result is not surprising because it is by now public knowledge, what is fascinating is the trip there, an emotional ride with enough class to appeal to the old guard and intense dramatic components to make even the most cynical member of the audience react and get all sentimental.

Boring boring boring boring boring.

The story-line is bleak and leaves a boring sensation at times.

Helen Mirren is Queen Elizabeth II and some say that her cold and often rigid personality is misunderstood and this film, like a fly on the wall observing the life of Britain's royal family and the government it tangles with over the public relations disaster that ensued in the wake of the death of Princess Diana in 1997, is rich in its regal presentation of protocol (and the lack of it) and runs just the right length which keeps it from boring the audience not used to such refined qualities in film.

There's something disorienting yet exciting about watching a movie about people who are alive and well, and still serving in the same roles as their fictional selves on screen.

Mirren has long been of my favorite actresses, and her performance is riveting...

A totally absorbing and moving ( and funny ) Film indeed, Helen Mirren was superb as " The Queen" and Michael Sheen was totally compelling as " Tony Blair ".

Boring .

It is worth watching!

Pathe News, champions of wartime propaganda, could not have done a better job.

The event of Diana's death has been an unexpected tragedy for many people.

Quietly mundane and dignified would-be masterpiece that serves as a quirky and interesting part of contemporary history and doubles as a window into one of the really more mysterious figures in the world today.

Yes I consider THE QUEEN really entertaining.

Essentially, a modern day 'Mrs Brown' (another film about how the Royal Family coped with a Royal death and how the Prime Minister helped the Queen overcome public unpopularity), it provides compelling account of the week Princess Diana died in September 1997.

It's a fascinating idea that the film captures well.

In my opinion the drama is genuinely protracted but sometimes tedious and monotonous

And that is what makes The Queen so fascinating.

Coiffed to perfection in the famous matronly curls, she morphs effortlessly into the famous disciplined and bland grand matron.

Elizabeth II is an intriguing figure and I wish some other aspects of her life and the life of her country were explored.

This is particularly the case in terms of character shifts, which occasionally seem unexpected and which occasionally go nowhere in particular.

The film examines her character, her stoical dignity born of years of tolerance not of her choosing, and is maybe so gripping because previous portraits have been little more than a regal cipher.

Mirren's delicately nuanced performance is breathtaking and Michael Sheen (FROST/NIXON)proves to be a formidable screen presence in his interpretation of Tony Blair.

" For anyone looking for "great cinema," see "Babel," easily the best film of the year with many riveting performances.

The British humor is very dry (it's more The Office than Monty Python), and that's one of this movie's major qualities (if it has a defect, it would be the fact that it's merely 97 minutes long; another half-hour wouldn't have annoyed me).

It's a good film and provides a lot of unexpected food for thought without slamming a lot of anti-Royalist rubbish in your face.

These three points achieve this movie to be a compelling drama despite its failed edition (at times it seems to me a BBC's television production) and some characters representations are little faithful to the original (as Prince Charles and Tony Blair), whose physically aren't the same.

Out of all the actors the one who plays Tony Blair I think is the best actor and then the actor who plays the queen but i think anyone could play those roles because the movie is so slow and boring.

Fuelled by the exceptional performances by Mirren and the rest of the cast, Morgan's meticulously superb screenplay and Frears' masterful command of the cinematic form, the film supersedes genre conventions and the usual stilted tone, making for a fascinating, highly relevant and lasting watch.

Using the disastrous Al-Fayed/Diana auto-crash and subsequent royal reaction as a springboard, the reliable Stephen Frears shows the glaring disconnect found amongst a detached and privileged elite against the outrage of a mourning public with compelling results.

In fact, I thought it was very entertaining.

The highlight of the film was the very engaging dialogues between Cromwell and Sheen coupled with their electrifying acting.

Compelling throughout, The Queen is one for anyone interested in an excellent drama about the royal family.

It was during this period of intense national mourning that the Queen demonstrated that she had a tin ear when it came to gauging the mood and feelings of her subjects.

This movie is so boring.

However, overall a very well done and compelling movie and well worth your time.

The movie is very entertaining and the players are wonderful.

When you think of sponge cake, you think of bland, spongy, edible foam.

boring queen .

Well, I'd still recommend watching this, 'cause in addition to Mirren, James Cromwell, Sheen, and Sylvia Syms are terrifically entertaining and the scenery is gorgeous - including Mirren's expanding and contracting legs.

Dreadfully boring - only for people fascinated with royalty .

This is a fascinating character study set at a time still very fresh and evocative in the public memory, and thoroughly absorbing.

I watch this film over and over - it's riveting.

The Queen is a riveting look behind the scenes of one of the most sensational tragedies Britain has ever seen.

The film would definitely be worth watching for her amazing acting skills alone (at times I forgot I was watching a fictional film and caught myself believing it was actually the Queen in the role).

He helps the Queen get over her intense dislike of a woman who treated her place in British society as a trifle and reunites her with her subjects without her ever losing her pride.

Boring boring pooh pooh.

Great movie, very enjoyable, very powerful .

For everyone else, it's a great and fascinating drama worth watching.

Despite all that, I found the movie mildly entertaining.

At it's heart, The Queen remains a politically engaging and mildly amusing character study, echoing the hunger for a more inviting social climate through the doomed analysis of England's first family.

Dreadfully boring .

Michael Sheen also shone, in the role of Tony Blair, a smart prime minister who quickly realized what the Queen was slow to understand: that the will of the people was overlapping the state protocol.

An uncommonly vivid and riveting watch, The Queen functions just as well as an exceedingly honest character study as a poignantly representative political drama and exploration of media presence and power.

But the screenplay is so sharp and upbeat, the film does the impossible of actually being very very entertaining throughout, to the point where its 1 hour 39 minutes fly by.

This film is moving, surprising and completely fascinating.

Lumbered with Clueless Charlie,Aimless Andy and Pointless Camp Eddie one can only feel sympathy with her.

The newly installed PM Blair exhibits a wisdom and charisma essential for a leader in these unexpected circumstances.

It is no simple film, but rather an absolutely fascinating glimpse behind closed doors: the massive closed doors shielding the British Royal Family in their opulent cocoon, the rather more plain doors of the media-driven British government and its movers and shakers, and the doors too often hiding or protecting all of us from the pain of real feelings, real emotions.

Anchored by Mirren's Oscar-winning(and worthy)performance,this simple yet intriguing movie runs at a somewhat surprisingly fast clip(just over an hour and forty minutes)is able to leave mark.

This glowing, suspenseful docudrama retells the story of the days of upheaval in London and elsewhere, in 1997, shortly after Tony Blair had just won for Labor, by steering clear of trades unions and welfare statism, while flogging his "let's modernize Britain" program, window-dressing for his Clinton-like political shift to the right.

Scores intriguing looks behind the scenes of power & celebrity worshiping, that underlines my own opinion that monarchy, as such, is seriously to be questioned in a modern, democratic world.

It is so boring.

Helen Mirren leads a faultless cast in an absorbing and unusual biopic - 85% .

Went to see the preview of The Queen last night and enjoyed it very much, although I thought it dragged at times.

Helen Mirren turns out a fascinating performance as Queen Elizabeth II dealing with the death of Princess Diana.

A beguiling, absorbing film that I will long remember.

It is a classic example of stopping to smell the roses in the midst of a most intense human drama.

Meanwhile, the Royal family stay remote, trying to handle the grief, with the Queen refusing to lose her dignity by engaging in this very public mourning.

even-handed fascinating fictionalization .

This movie was one of the worst movies i have ever seen.

This is one of worst movie I have seen it is so boring.

I think the key is something Shakespeare and Walter Scott knew well, that the audience will be on the edge of their seats when the drama concerns events in recent history they have lived through themselves.

This film is slow, biased, and lacking in any sort of enjoyable qualities.

A "breathtaking" moment.

It's a riveting story, a well- crafted film and with a screenplay that has its nuanced moments.

It was one of the biggest challenges facing the royals in ages and it was intriguing seeing how they handled it from the inside, in the modern world, as opposed to how we normally see period pieces involving Henry VIII, George III et cetera.

But if you're eager for something plot-driven and deeply intriguing, you best look elsewhere.

A fascinating film .

The tension between the most traditional of institutions and its need to change or potentially perish makes this a fascinating story.

So slow moving it's hard to stay awake.

Surprisingly entertaining and light-footed account from within the British royal family (and prime minister Tony Blair) during the tumultuous weeks following princess Diana's death in 1997.

A potential snore was made one of the best views of 2006 by the two protagonists, wonderfully played by Helen Mirren and the relative newcomer, Michael Sheen as Tony Blair.

A stunning movie made by a consistently remarkable director, THE QUEEN is a subtle little game of wills while it takes a darkly perverse time in skewering the monarchy, particularly in scenes involving arguments between the Queen's husband, Prince Philip (James Cromwell) and the Queen Mother (Sylvia Syms) who dissect their reactions, none too pleasant, about the rituals of mourning -- you wonder if these people actually exist and the headache it must be living with them.

An interesting movie because of the point-view it is told from and a well made and good looking movie, that just isn't good enough with its drama and emotions and almost lets the story tell itself, which causes it to be rather predictable in how it unravels and builds up.

Michael Sheen's Tony Blair starts out seeming a little like Eric Idle playing the Monty Python version of a Prime Minister, but he quickly grows into the role, and as the relationship with his monarch uncomfortably develops, his eventual explosion at his staff's callousness is unexpected and passionate.

The deaths of Diana in August 1997 brought about a fascinating case study of crisis management, in the royal order, and provided material for a movie that will likely fetch Helen Mirren a Golden Globe or an Oscar, or, entirely in the realm of possibility, both.

Rating: Better than average, well worth watching.

Still The Queen is a tolerable film just simply slow moving and a little shocking if you go into it expecting to see some sort of tribute to The Queen and her days handling Diana's death.

The cinematography was gorgeous, and the music scores was one of the most stunning music scores I have ever heard.

A compelling watch...

The way the movie progresses is also rather predictable.

"Royal protocol is an absolute silly bore" as Blair's wife showed us amusingly.

Excellent and Enjoyable .

Great Helen Mirren performance in compelling personal drama .

But I took a nice surprise and The Queen resulted to be an interesting,fascinating and great movie.

Obviously, what made her death so fascinating was that her end was so apt to her story.

boredom in a very, very, very sophisticated way .

Entertaining, exciting and moving.

A performance that is as poignant as it is entertaining.

Slyvia Syms provides some delightfully unexpected comedic relief as the Queen Mother.

At its core, The Queen is an empty story about empty people.

What I did find fascinating and laudable was the seamless editing between actual news footage and this movie's scenes involving historical events.

Ho hum.

A Royal Yawn .

Riveting, totally fulfilling.

This movie provides a whole new fictional but possible insight into the behind the scenes politics and emotional tension of the Royal family as well as a fascinating look at the role of Britain's prime minister.

The movie may play a few cards in favor of a royal idealism that betrayed the social climate of the time, but the gently fascinating combination of old-world values meeting new-world situations remains as captivating a political British movie as any to arrive on shelves in America for years.

Highly Intriguing ...

Im not going to give any spoilers, but i just want to say this is by far the worst movie i have seen this year.

It was riveting and the performances were superb.

She was absolutely stunning, and gave an amazing performance.

The opening scene of most films has to establish some facts, but the Queen bemoaning her lack of a vote to a portrait painter seemed contrived.

A stunning and complex portrayal of Elizabeth II by the incomparable Helen Mirren .

An engaging look at personal life of the monarchy .

Affecting, entertaining, dignified film-making .

I found the film quite entertaining and it's really a docu drama.