The date is August 31, 1997. Dark streets in Paris bustle about in their night-life. Within the Pont de L'Alma tunnel road, one dark, luxurious car speeds away with driver Henri Paul, Princess Diana and her companion, Dodi Fayed.
In Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II and her family later find out the tragic news of Princess Diana's death in her palace, Sandringham House. Although this event brings great grief to many hearts all around the worlds, probably even you, the reader, it brings Queen Elizabeth II into a new light. Personally, when watching this, I thought about The Iron Lady(2011), another British, biographical film, because it reminded me of the same questions I asked in this piece:
What does it mean to be human?
What is the limit of one's sacrifice when positioned into power?
Although the world, including new Prime Minister Tony Blair, thinks that Queen Elizabeth II as strong as rock in every situation, it never expects the Queen's response to Diana's death to be a personal one. While the Queen and the royal family believe it's best for Diana's death to be dealt with as a private matter, the rest of the world thinks otherwise. As Queen Elizabeth II takes on the approach to think of her two grandsons, the world expects the Queen to aid their grief for the "People's Princess". Flowers, one by one, until they reach the thousands, pile themselves against Kengsington Palace's gates; they represent the remorse of Britain's civilians. Swiftly, the Queen struggles with realizing that she may not know her people as well as she once did. In the end, she realizes she must abide to Prime Minister Tony Blair's suggestions to address her country in order to save her authority and her country's trust.
If one thing specifically stands out to me, it was the film's astounding use of color; by articulating struggles of Traditional Vs. Modern, and between Women Vs. Self.
Let's talk about this.