by request of my mom, i rented and watched “the queen” with my mom the other night. i actually wanted to see it since helen mirren (who plays the queen) got actress of the year for her role in this movie. i have always agreed with the best actor and actress awards when they are announced. i love jamie fox in ray when it was released and he really did deserve the actor of the year award he got for it.
anyways, i want to encourage any leaders who want to help the church “turn the corner” generationally to see this film. the film heavily focuses on generational perceptions and the way they relate and express themselves. there some great quotes in the movie and the whole premise of the movie would easily preach at any church convention.
here are some quotes from the movie (which deals heavily on the lack of the monarchy’s public response of princess diana’s death):
If you imagine I’m going to drop everything and come down to London before I attend to my grandchildren who’ve just lost their mother… then you’re mistaken. I doubt there is anyone who knows the British people more than I do, Mr. Blair, nor who has greater faith in their wisdom and judgment. And it is my belief that they will any moment reject this… this “mood”, which is being stirred up by the press, in favor of a period of restrained grief, and sober, private mourning. That’s the way we do things in this country, quietly, with dignity. That’s what the rest of the world has always admired us for.
(tony blair defending the queen)
You know, when you get it wrong, you really get it wrong! That woman has given her whole life in service to her people. Fifty years doing a job SHE never wanted! A job she watched kill her father. She’s executed it with honor, dignity, and, as far as I can tell, without a single blemish, and now we’re all baying for her blood! All because she’s struggling to lead the world in mourning for someone who… who threw everything she offered back in her face. And who, for the last few years, seemed committed 24/7 to destroying everything she holds most dear!
the movie shows the struggle of the generations and the lack of perception of both parties. i highly recommend it.
what did you think of the movie? how did it apply to the times we are living in the church right now? do you think helen mirren deserved actress of the year for this movie?