Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Queen

My wife and I went to see The Queen last night. It's a new movie just playing in one theatre in the whole city of Orlando. I guess it's an advance screening or whatever they call it.

Anyhow, it's good! It has a 98% rating so far on RottenTomatoes.com, which is unheard of. It's about Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, and almost all the action centers around the week in 1997 when ex-Princess Di was killed in that car accident in Paris. Performances by Helen Mirren as Elizabeth and Michael Sheen as Tony Blair are incredible. An action film it's not. But it's a compelling story about a powerful woman learning humility, and in the process finding out the power of love.

Redemption shows up in a big way. The pain Elizabeth has carried all her life reaches a climax when she is all alone on her Balmoral estate, and with tears flowing she seems to realize the life she has yearned for has all but escaped her grasp. A beautiful buck suddenly appears by the river, symbolizing the freedom and beauty her heart longs for. Later, Elizabeth learns that the buck was killed by a hunter, and she sees the animal hanging from an iron chain, decapitated and bleeding. It's a stretch I know, but it made me think that the life we've dreamed of and missed has been purchased for us through the death of Christ.

There's also redemption in the attitude of Tony Blair toward Elizabeth. When others rant and rave against her for her stuffiness, Blair sees her pain and the dignity of her office, and believes she has a good heart.

The film reminded me that we're all like Elizabeth II, in a way. While we'll never know the life of royalty, we've all been hurt by life circumstances we did not choose; we've all made terrible mistakes; and we've all suffered rejection and humiliation. What can save us from despair is knowing that Someone very strong loves us a lot, defends us, and will not let us go.

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).

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