Written by Luke Barnes
A documentary about the life of Queen Elizabeth II told in parts.
Man, there was a lot wrong with this film. I am going to assume that a lot of the more questionable aspects of this were done for stylistic reasons because other wise I can see no clear justification.
Firstly to the issues of this as a documentary. There was no narration and no interviews it was simply a series of seemingly connected bits of stock footage pieced together, sometimes this stock footage wouldn’t even be of the Queen but from films or other things which added to the confusion of the film. Moreover, there were a lot of odd time jumps within the film that made it hard to follow, an example would be intercutting the Prince Andrew Pizza Express interview between segments on Princess Diana, who thought this was a good idea?
Moreover, I found this piece to be manically depressing showing a woman who has given so much of herself to the public that she has nothing left. There are moments in this film were the Queen looks thoroughly miserable and like she hates the life she has been forced into. Maybe that comes from my reading of the film but it made it hard for me to get through.
Finally there are a number of odd musical choices such as a song by Stormzy and a song wherein the singer wants to have sex with the Queen, both of which feel disrespectful but also incredibly out of place, who did the score for this film?
Overall, a very bad attempt at documentary that will likely leave no one happy.
It is at times so strange that it becomes funny
A few nice moments
The out of place songs
It is depressing
It doesn’t work as a documentary
It jumps around far too much in a timeline sense
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