Movies And TV Shows That Are All About The Royal Family
Whether you love the royal family or not, you can not avoid news about that most famous and influential family in the world. They have got fame, fortune, scandal, a very long and exciting history, and most importantly, they are the real-life representation of the fairytale world of princes and princesses. So, of course, it is not difficult to understand why many scriptwriters or authors will write movies or TV shows about them. That also explains why millions of viewers want to sneak peek into the happenings of Buckingham Palace.
This past year has even been more intriguing for the Royals. Talking about two royal weddings, a new royal baby and yes! A new wardrobe to marvel at, thanks to a certain Duchess of Sussex. Having all this in mind, we bring you some of the best TV shows and films that will give you the opportunities to see the monarchy in action:
THE KING'S SPEECH
This Oscar-winning film tells the story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (played by Colin Firth), his unprepared ascent to the throne and the amazing speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who work to cure him of his debilitating stammer. The two men become very close friends as the new king counts on Logue, who in turn aided the unsure monarch in becoming worthy of it.
The New York Times praised the film’s lead characters by saying:
“With their volume turned up, the appealing, impeccably professional Mr. Firth and Mr. Rush rise to the acting occasion by twinkling and growling as their characters warily circle each other before settling into the therapeutic swing of things and unknowingly preparing for the big speech that partly gives the film its title.”
This sumptuous Netflix Original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to the modern day. The show gets its roots from the award-winning play, The Audience, by showrunner Peter Morgan. The series gives an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at the age of 25 after her father, King George VI, died.
The first two series gained significant praise with The Guardian saying:
“Netflix can rest assured that its £100m gamble has paid off. This first series, about good old British phlegm from first to last, is the service's crowning achievement so far.”
The third release is set to be out later this year, with Olivia Colman taking over from Claire Foy in the lead role.
THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE
In 1999, the British Film Institute voted this film the 42nd greatest British film of all time. Nicholas Hytner directed the film which was adapted by Alan Bennett from his play. This comedy tells the true story of George III’s deteriorating mental health, and his equally declining relationship with his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, mainly focusing on the period around the Regency Crisis of 1788–89. The film was a critical success.
The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert is what this great show is all about. It showed a strong performance by Jenna Coleman as the young queen and Rufus Sewell as the prominent prime minister Lord Melbourne which won the show critical praise and saw it renewed for a third outing later in the year. Not only was Jenna Coleman great, but she also managed to show another side to the famous Queen, a warmer and kinder side, than what she's usually portrayed as - a scary ruler.
The death of Princess Diana caused Peter Morgan to turn his hand at writing a feature-length film. It features Helen Mirren, who plays a silent yet remorseful Queen Elizabeth II struggling to come to terms with the extraordinary public response to Diana's death. The film retains a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Mirren’s performance earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL
This 2008 film presents a dramatized story of the lives of 16th-century aristocrats Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson), one-time mistress of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana), and her sister, Anne (Natalie Portman), who became the monarch's second wife. The sisters contended for the affection of the king. Of course, Natalie and Scarlett English accents were well polished and aided the already enjoyable movie, and Natalie's performance showed a range and depth, unlike anything she has had to do before. This movie was a great work, directed by Justin Chadwick. The movie centers around the tale that Henry VIII did have an affair with both Boleyn sisters - Anne (Portman) and Mary (Johansson) which is pretty grim.
If you're looking for a frivolous royal TV show, then here’s something for you to watch. 'The Windsors' transforms today’s royals into a soap opera-like situation and show us what it's like in the day-to-day and love life. The series got some criticism for some of the plot twist, such as Kate Middleton getting Ebola and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice becoming radicalized.
These picks are sure going to quench your thirst for the whats and hows in a monarchy. And of course, widen our imagination on the royal family past and present occurrences. Let us which of those TV shows and films would you like to watch and why. Leave your comments in the comment section below.
Source: The Week
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