Parents' Guide to

The Queen

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Well-acted drama isn't likely to appeal to kids.

Movie PG-13 2006 103 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Helen Mirren slays!

Mirren slays this role. I believe her, her poise, her dignity as well as the trappings of her position. The metaphor with the stag offers some interesting pacing. The emotional attachment to Princess Diana came back all over again and I was reminded of how much I had grown up with her as the face of the British royal family, but it is really Queen Elizabeth II who has to dar la cara. A two hour film to dar cara...Mirren does it with style, grace, and aplomb, nonetheless the film tries to not play favorites.
age 10+

Great! Just need to be interested in the subject

This movie is appropriate for any age as long as you are interested! The movie is more supportive of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Cambridge's fans and supporters because it's more on a negative point of view of Her Majesty The Queen. So if you are a strong monarchist and a supporter of Elizabeth Regina, don't watch it. Unless if you need to know about the subject. It is also comforting for people who loved the ex-Princess of Wales.

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For its first hour or so, The Queen is carried along by a witty irreverence, equally targeting the queen and Blair as both manage their self-image. But then, instead of trusting Mirren to convey the queen's emotional transition -- which she does, brilliantly -- the film comes up with a heavy-handed metaphor for the loss of tradition. During one countryside excursion, the queen spots a magnificent stag and tries to save it from being shot, appreciating its beauty, vulnerability, wildness, and purity.

If this isn't enough, the film later delivers the Queen's "lesson" in an oddly passionate speech by Blair to his staff, which instructs them (and viewers, as if they haven't been watching the queen pondering her dilemma for the past 90 minutes) on the queen's efforts to make sense of her new age. In this moment, the film shows a lack of faith in its own audience.

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