First off, let’s get it out of the way. Helen Mirren is outstanding. I’ve always been impressed with her ability to remain youthful as she ages, to maintain at least some element of sexiness in her age. Here though, she dispenses with all that and embodies a kind of inhuman stoicism you can only imagine coming from conservative royalty. Her inability to grieve or even consider the possibility of grieving is both maddening and impressive. Michael Sheen‘s Tony Blair is great too. In the end I think I found myself identifying with him the most. Caught up on the favorable side of a political battle, Blair remains true to his country and its best interests.