Last evening I had the pleasure of escorting my goodladywife out on a movie date. After dropping off my oldest daughter at work and leaving the boys to play video games we were off to see
Lost in a sea of blue rinse we felt like teenagers in an audience that consisted of people who were well into adulthood when Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952.
This was like winning the lottery for someone like myself who would normally eschew movie theatres because of the lack of social skills that movie goers (brutish louts) exhibit these days... during the movie they are chomping popcorn with mouths wide open, WHISPERING LIKE THIS to their friends and chatting on their cell phones, crinkling cellophane, kicking the back of your seat, ugh, you know the drill!
The packed theatre last night was filled with movie goers from the polite era and it was wonderful..although some did bring their own oxygen (honest!) and sitting adjacent to my goodladywife was a quorum of queens who audibly ooh'd and aah'd at the costumes, pageantry, and images of Diana.
My other daughter was actually working AT the theatre and she told us that the management was stunned that this film has packed two theatres for two entire weeks! Now I know why.
Helen_Mirren, was absolutely brilliant and perfectly cast to portray Elizabeth. Mirren will win the OSCAR.
The story itself is a careful examination of the the Royal familys' misstep in gauging the real impact of Diana's tragic death on August 31, 1997. Politics, Sex, and Celebrity are all dissected in this amazing film that combined actual footage of the events that captured the imagination of the world. Michael Sheen's incredible turn at Tony Blair will astound you..seriously.
It was funny, touching, totally interesting...oh blimey,
I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me.
This incredible behind the scenes peek at the day to day life of the Queen gave me an entirely new appreciation for her devotion to her subjects. In fact, I hereby recant any anti Monarchist sentiments that I may have inadvertently or blatantly invoked on my blog and sincerely hope that Her Majesty can find it in her heart to forgive my transgressions and one day (soon) grant a Knighthood upon myself and my sons...afterall, Sir Donald, Sir Spencer and Sir Ridley have a nice 'ring' to them.
HA! Don't worry, I will get over my immediate infatuation and return to my less than enamored stance on the Monarchy. The myriad of problems presented by governing a democracy in accordance with Divinely anointed DNA is beyond bizarre. Class Dismissed!
Today however I am in awe of Helen Mirren and the Queen. I loved this old fashioned-character driven-special effects free film. Elizabeth II should thank Helen Mirren for the greatest PR 'save' of her reign, Her Highness can stay on..however, when the time comes, Prince (Modern Man)Charles should save himself from more embarrassment and abolish the whole thing or pass the crown forward to his son William.