Went to see the film yesterday with friends. I like to discuss films afterwards but one friend rushed off to rescue a car from a bad parking space and the other had not done her target walking for the day so I was left to walk to the bus stop and think about it myself.
The film portrays the British Royal Family's response to Princess Di's death. As it occurred at the beginning of Tony Blair's "reign" too, it shows him in retrospect as well. Nobody comes out prettily. The usual stereotypes of the Queen, Prince Philip, the Queen Mum and Prince Charles are shown. They were no more loveable played by "real" people, which somehow made them all look younger.
Tony Blair comes out as as a naive new boy anxious to please, with a not so hidden respect for the Queen, in contrast to Cherie who is played as a cynical anti-monarchist. He was touted as a moderniser, and a wind of change, though few believe that will be his legacy now.
I wondered why they made the film now, since at the moment, there haven't been any special royal scandals to get upset about. The Queen had the last word (to Tony Blair): we all have to go sometime! Though neither seem to be able to do it.