There’s something a little strange about sitting in a large movie theatre on a Saturday night with only nine other people. And when the film is one of the year’s best reviewed it’s also rather sad. Maybe other showings had better turnouts?
I found myself wondering how much of The Queen made sense to those in the US audience who haven’t kept a close watch on British politics over the past decade. Much of the humour seemed to rest on pre-existing knowledge of the Royals and of Blair’s team, and in such an empty room it was tough to get a sense of how anyone else was responding.
But overall I was very impressed. It took far less time to suspend disbelief in the characters despite the fact that they all had the look of caricatures. Helen Mirren‘s much raved about performance deserves the attention it has received and the overall tone and rhythm of the film is well played out.