Elizabeth – A Portrait In Parts




Directed by the recently departed Roger Mitchell, whose movie, The Duke, was released earlier this year to great acclaim, this is a film that many will want to see in order to remember the late Queen Elizabeth and to celebrate her 70-year reign. 

Whilst there is nothing new here – or indeed little that we haven’t seen before – the film’s construction is what makes this worth seeing. The Queen’s life has been divided into chapters, with each one focusing on a different aspect of her life, influence and work. It is certainly a film that, in the light of Her Majesty’s passing, comes thoroughly recommended. 

We see Her Majesty meeting celebrities and hear their reactions to meeting her. There is a chapter on her means of transport over the years (who can forget her tears at the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht) and sections devoted, of course, to Diana and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

George Fenton provides a suitably patriotic sounding score and it’s all beautifully put together.  Of special interest to many will be the footage of the Queen at home relaxing with her family, as well as shots of her walking in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. We are reminded of how well travelled and respected she was throughout the world and can’t help but be impressed at the admiration she was held in by politicians of all persuasions. 

The film does provide a wonderful reminder of how gracious and generous Elizabeth’s reign has been but also at times, how difficult things were for her.  The film is a reminder to us, that like the rest of us, she was only human.

It also focuses on Her Majesty’s Christian faith. Anyone who has watched her Christmas Day messages over the last few years will know, this is something that she was always honest and open about. Her faith in God was something that sustained her through both good times and bad. The example she set to the nation of Godly behaviour and wisdom has been outstanding and a great example to us all.

This is an enjoyable, well put together documentary and is a fitting tribute to Her Majesty as the nation mourns her death.  Amidst the sombre and ceremonial that will be taking place, do try and find the time to watch it. 

Given all that is happening in the world it is a reminder that Her Majesty has been a beacon of hope and light. Just like the God she believed in. 

Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts (available to watch now on Amazon Prime)

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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