- Sunday May 20, 2012 at 1:30PM
Here playing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II , the redoubtable Dame Helen Mirren is a revelation; she literally buries herself in the part, iconic hairdo and all, but her portrayal of the Queen is neither a parody, nor a pantomime. <…> Elizabeth’s considerable restraint, which served her well, and made her a beacon of stolid strength, began to pall when the Royal Family became the centre of tabloid fury after Diana’s death. The Queen’s confrontations with the newly elected prime minister form the heart of the film, but it is still the jaw-dropping performance from Mirren that anchors the proceedings, giving them a weight and a gravitas that is never less than regal. (VIFF )
Remarks by Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell. Cake and tea served after the screening. Hosted by the Monarchist League of Canada with its Edmonton Branch.