I watched "The Queen" today. I've never been a fan of royalty or of the Kennedy's, which some people consider American royalty. (I tend to see them more as a bunch of drunken bums involved in politics and little else.) But I did like Diana.
The movie was ok, but I wish that it had discussed Diana's life with the Royal Family more before her death. Beginning with her death left me with a lot of questions, mainly what did the Queen have against her? Kind of a *BIG* question if you ask me. Helen Mirren was uncanny in her portrayal of the no nonsense Queen. Charles was portrayed as a rather weak person, a bit of a mommy's boy ninny actually, but I was surprised at the depth of his emotions for Diana when he found out about her death. Or at least as they were portrayed in the movie.
In thinking back over all of that, I always saw Charles as cold and as detached as his mother. I felt Diana was a naive, innocent who was used to further the royal lineage. I think she had stars in her eyes and quickly came down to earth. But again, I never understood why the Royal Family hated her so much. I tend to wonder if it wasn't because she was easily loved and accepted by the public while they were not?
I *hate* the 'holier than thou' message sent by royalty. And it was strange that people were not allowed to show their back to the Queen. They had to back out of the room, which I found strange. I'm sure there's a reason for this, but I don't know what it is. I don't think I could courtesy or bow to another human being, though, especially not one as snobby as the Queen. I guess that's what makes her royalty...LOL.
One thing I really liked about the film was the mixing of "real" news footage with the faux news footage. Although it was a little weird seeing Diana being interviewed after all this time.
So then I put in an emergency email to Carol over at Shrink Wrapped Scream. Why? Because she lived in London. She promised to blog about this subject, and I'm gonna hold her feet to the fire by mentioning that here. LOL!
I was kind of hesitant to email her cuz it probably sends the message that I think all Londoners are royal fanatics, but that's not so. I just figured that living in the midst of it all would have given her a perspective "outsiders" wouldn't have.