Stephen Frears

The Queen(2006)

The Queen(2006)

Director:

Stephen Frears

Starring:

Helen Mirren

Michael Sheen

James Cromwell

Plot:

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

Review:

I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this as well if I hadn’t watched The Crown. The Queen seemed really aloof and unemotional but I understood why because of the TV show, not so much because of the movie. Still, it was interesting to watch.

I remember when Princess Diana died, I remember where I was, and that I ran to tell my mom. It didn’t really affect me, I was too young, but I knew that she loved the Princess and would care. I honestly don’t remember how she reacted, but I do remember watching the news coverage and the funeral.

I liked getting to see Tony Blair’s attitude change toward the queen, though, I have no idea if that’s true. More than anything this movie made me hope that The Crown gets to do all the seasons it’s planning.

3.5/5

Philomena (2013)

Judi Dench in Philomena

Director:

Stephen Frears

Starring:

Judi Dench

Steve Coogan

Plot:

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Review:

I knew this movie would make me cry but for whatever reason I wanted to watch it. Possibly because I was hoping for a very sappy happy ending. I did not get that ending, but oh well. It was still a sweet movie, though it could potentially make you hate nuns.

Seriously, having not been raised catholic I’ve formed the opinion, based on this movie, nuns suck.

Anyway, I could never do what Philomena did in the end and the fact that she seemed genuine in her decision is mind boggling.

3/5