Both movies begin with the small, round queen — widowed after having nine children with Albert — dyspeptic and stony-faced, miserable and in mourning with her black veil, only to show her brightening and melting under the sometimes impertinent ministrations of her attractive younger servants.
I wonder why America is still so obsessed with monarchies in culture and politics after breaking away from one, noting our current mad king Trump, the princeling Jared, the princess Ivanka and the way the administration projects racial insensitivity as though it were a colonial power.
The vision of herself that Ms. Dench likes best, she has said, is Tracey Ullman’s spoof of her as a rebellious “national treasure,” shoplifting; throwing poop from her pup, Coriolanus, into trees; breaking all the china in a posh shop; kicking over trash cans and signs; writing, “I hate pigs” with a fire extinguisher when she finally gets arrested.
She donned a fitted cap, answered to the name Judi Dizzle and repeated his rap, “Anywhere I go gang rolling,” after Lethal Bizzle explained to the quizzical actress that the line meant that anywhere he goes, his friends are coming with him.
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