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26 May, 2007

Viewed and recommended:

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The Queen

4 Responses to "Viewed and recommended:"

1 | ciaochow

May 26th, 2007 at 8:35 pm


I saw the Queen and, to me, it was a TV movie at best. Aside from the Helen Mirren performance, I felt like the movie was a plot-less flop. Please let me know what inspired you to recommend it. What did you love about it? I’m really curious!

2 | ciaochow

May 26th, 2007 at 8:37 pm


I ask mostly because with your other books/film recommendations I cheer, “Yes, I loved that too!” But, imo The Queen was a disaster.

3 | andrea

May 26th, 2007 at 8:51 pm


We watched the Queen last night. I would recommend it as a rental that most people would enjoy.

I am basing my recommendation on Helen Mirren’s portrayal of the Queen, which was suburb, and in my view this is a good reason enough to see this film. It was also  interesting to get the insider view of life at Balmoral and Queenly protocol. Who would have thought the Queen wore a scarf around her hair while she drove her own offroading Jeep?

And is it just me or could this film have been called “Blair” just as easily? ;)

Roger Ebert (whose reviews I agree with 99 per cent of the time) gave this film four stars. I wouldn’t go so far myself. I can’t say it was a *great* movie, and I certainly wouldn’t put it in the same category as some of my favourites such as Amelie or Fargo or Pulp Fiction or films like that. I prefer the offbeat, but at the same time I am willing to recommended it if someone asks.

4 | katie

May 27th, 2007 at 7:07 am


I am currently reading “Diana” written by her butler and highly recommend it for an eye-opening, fly-on-the-wall, insider peek inside the palaces. Some of the protocol is ridiculous. For instance, only “royals” are allowed to walk in the middle of hallways, servants must walk on the edges of hallways so as not to mess up the nap of freshly-vacuumed carpet. Yikes. Very interesting read.

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