I think Stephen Frears may have made a movie or two that I didn't like, but not more than a couple. For me, he's one of the most reliable directors for movies that are emotionally involving as well as intellectually interesting. This movie addresses the crisis caused by the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and the role that Tony Blair, the new British Prime Minister played in restoring relations between the British people and their queen.
Plus, it has corgis in it.
Excellent performances, particularly by Helen Mirren, who manages to dull her natural beauty while pumping up her natural queenliness--the result is a tremendously convincing impersonation of Elizabeth.
Plus, it has corgis.