Elizabeth - The Golden Age details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Geoffrey Rush, Rhys Ifans, Cate Blanchett, Christian Brassington, Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Adam Godley, Tom Hollander, Abbie Cornish, Jordi Molla, Samantha Mo|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Collections:||100 Feisty Females, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
Elizabeth - The Golden Age
|Rental release:||25 Feb 2008|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Cate Blanchett reprises her Oscar nominated role as Queen Elizabeth I, in this follow-up to 1998's Elizabeth...
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Majestic sequelBy Meako (59 reviews) from Sheffield , 29 Oct 2007
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[Highly rated reviewer]The first Elizabeth film (well, not the 'first' but the one of which this is a sequel to) came out in 1998, and it focused on the early life of Elizabeth I, and her rise to power. The encompassing mood of the film was the struggle against fate, and the reluctance to be thrust into power. The film was nominated for many awards, scooping a few Baftas (for lead Cate Blanchett and support Geoffrey Rush amongst other technical awards) and one Oscar (for makeup), it was certainly recieved well by critics and audiences alike. It has taken a while to get a second film made, and that is probably for the better as the story now skips ahead in as many years as life itself has for those involved. The period of History, and Elizabeth's reign, is now the era of the most turmoil for the Queen. Spain's Catholic crusade is at a peak, with conflict between them and the Protestant England about to reach boiling point (and inevitable war). Another threat to the throne comes from within, with conspirators plotting to remove Elizabeth and placing Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots - played by Samantha Morton) on the throne. The feeling and mood this time is of struggle to hold onto identity whilst everything around you conspires to destroy you. Returning to the film are Blanchet, Rush, and the director Shekhar Kapur.
The film is lavishly costumed and lensed, with the story focusing on the political machinations going on around the Queen. A new face in the mix, and a welcome one, is Clive Owen as Walter Raleigh - played with rogueish charm as the only person (aside from Rush) who will be totally honest to the Queen. A few liberties are taken with regards to historical context and accuracy, with some sub stories taking place earlier in history than they should, but this doesn't affect the film's power and (forgive the pun) majesty.
Great cast, and a tight script which focuses on the Virgin Queen during the greatest turmoil in her reign. Blanchett effortlessly conveys the fear and worry, and desperate longing for a normal life that the script asks for. Fabulous, and sumptuous. I anticipate some more nominations and wins in the next awards season.
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Not as good as the first one but worth a lookBy a customer , 18 Apr 2013While the first movie, Elizabeth, showing the young queen's early reign and rise to power, was subtle, powerful and beautiful this one seems disjointed, over-acted and all a bit melodramatic. It's still beautifully dressed and shot and Cate Blanchett's performance is outstanding but it just doesn't flow so well and seems to jump about. In an effort to show the queen's femininity and vulnerability it goes over the top at times and the strength and determination which were so attractive in Part One fizzle out to make her look like a weeping, jealous wreck in this which was quite annoying, Liberties have been taken (again) with what actually happened historically so for a quick factual update WIkipedia's worth a look if you're interested. This fills some time and is sumptuous to look at but feels like it was a bit cobbled together to cash in on the success of the first move. Nice, haunting musical score co-written by A R Rahman who did the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire, by the way.
Not historically entirely accurateBy a customer , 26 Mar 2013The chronology/timescales are really appreciated in this film. Whilst not an expert on Elizabeth I've read some historical books on her and was not entirely convinced by the overly emotional/resplendently dressed character played in this film. I do like historic films like this as they give some insight into the times, however, they struggle to capture the really big picture. Also note there was only one historical researcher who specialises in American/Military history - what about all the specialists in our own Country on Elizabeth's reign!?
Cate Blanchett does it again.By Treebod (3 reviews) , 17 Feb 2013I am of the opinion that Cate Blanchett has made this role her own,brilliant! and along with the other great performances make this an interesting & entertaining film well worth watching. A rare chance to watch a good film well acted & learn something into the bargain.
Like the Armada ... big, expensive, cluelessBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 02 Oct 2012In the early 1580's, Philip of Spain is getting increasingly peeved with the heretic witch Queen of England and resolves to replace her with imprisoned Mary Stuart. The continuing story of England's greatest monarch, who presided over arguably the most exciting, colourful, dangerous times in English history. Unfortunately, this is a tedious, stupid movie that wastes some nice costumes and a lot of genuine talent obsessing about Elizabeth's continued virginity and very little else. Quite honestly, Nick Park could produce a more truthful convincing portrayal of the times ... in plasticine. I was rooting for the Spanish by the end.
A Must See MovieBy a customer , 05 Jul 2012Captivating movie! Cate Blanchett does justice to the role. Action scenes are realistic and kept me enthralled to the end. I would reccomend to anyone interested in history and costume drama. Ms Blanchett's dresses were amazing:).