We are eased into the story as we watch a well paced installation of Tony Blair (Michael Sheen, who really looks more like Tim Curry) as Great Britain's Prime Minister. Then we dive right into the death of Lady Di with actual news footage in a sound bite format.
The Story is a clash between the "traditional" attitude of the Queen, HM Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and her immediate family with a more "modernized" view of the Prime Minister and his advisers on how the death should be handled.
There are many underlying factors that are well balanced in this movie with out changing the pathos to a monolog documentary. The addition of a stag being brought down by a clumsy paying guest on a neighboring estate can be both a metaphor and at the same time give the Queen a more-than-meets-the-eye appearance.
It is redressing to get a different perspective on the incident. As the Queen states," There has been a shift in values."
I think the producers chose the actors wisely; I especially approve of the choice of Helen Mirren. I first saw her in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 1968 and she has played progressively more important roles to mature to this role and hopefully beyond.