I was not sure I was going to like this film, being a period drama, but it was better than my other options such as transformer film (my friend had already seen my first choice Mary Poppins … more on that hopefully this week). However this is no Pride in Predjuice or Downton abbey (such a relief not to watch that for two hours on Christmas Day). It is slightly bizarre; especially the ending, comical and I have seen it described as a period romp. It is more of a satire of a period drama than actually being a period drama, so don’t be put off by the costumes. Equally do not go expecting an accurate history lesson. It is about a genuine Queen Anne who was Queen 1702 – 1708.
Feminists may like the focus on three females. Three women playing mind and other games with each other. Queen Anne switching her favouritism over two of her servants; Sarah and Abigail both battling each other to be her favourite and therefore have power over England. It is good to see a Queen of that time receiving and taking advice from women rather than men. For any men (or women) that like the idea of women together; it does happen but subtly.
The Ending ….
SPOILERS Ahead ….
Near the end Abigail who has had the other servant Sarah banished and is feeling smug, sickeningly puts her foot on top of one of Queen Anne’s beloved rabbits. She makes the rabbit yelp before releasing it, but Queen Anne hears. To put Abigail in her place again, Queen Anne makes Abigail go down on her. I looked away for a minute at this point and when I looked at the screen it was all black. I wondered if it was the end or technical issue as it seemed very sudden. I have had to ask my friend / read up on it to find out what happened. Apparently it went from Abigail going down on Queen Anne to the screen filling with images of rabbits. Online people are proposing different theories for the rabbits which the Queen had one for each child that she had lost in pregnancy or shortly after birth. Perhaps they symbolise how the Queen was using Abigail for her pleasure; as though she was merely a certain battery operated toy rather than an actual person to love?