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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A disappointing misfireBy Glom (2 reviews) , 22 Aug 2011Did this film actually begin at any point? The whole thing was cut together in such a choppy manner it felt like it was stuck in opening montage mode through-out its running time. Scenes would come, be bombastic, and leave leaving us wondering what had just happened. Then suddenly we're at the end.
What just happened?
The movie just tries too hard with its grandeur. It's often visually and musically sumptuous but that's at the cost of being able to actually get into it. It would be like Virgil going to forum at Rome to read his Aeneid and then having to speak against a backdrop of a Mariachi band and a fireworks display (you know if Mariachi bands and fireworks shows existed in ancient Rome).
Take the scene at Tilbury. This movie tries its best to make Elizabeth have an Aragorn moment, what with shots of the grand army mustered to defend the realm and her riding a horse in a manly fashion.
Compare it to the similar scene in Tom Hooper's mini-series 'Elizabeth I'. Sure that looked a bit like a renaissance fair, but it was much more genuine. Having Helen Mirren walking through real people and grabbing real grass was so much more enthralling that having Cate Blanchett riding in front of a rather unconvincing CGI backdrop flattering a monologue of trailer fodder.
The movie just feels cold.
My recommendation is to skip this and watch the Tom Hooper production instead.
great watchBy griffgrogg (2 reviews) from St. Neots , 21 Aug 2011great theatrics, great costumes and the lead actress was very good ...loved it all x x x x x x x x
Don't Rely On It For a History LessonBy DoctorWho (119 reviews) from Epping , 19 Aug 2011A nice film, which has a good plot and looks good. Good performances from all.
Unfortunately they should have checked their history books a bit more carefully first.
A rather poor repriseBy sophym (2 reviews) , 08 Aug 2011Having enjoyed the first Elizabeth film I thought I'd give this a go, but was seriously underwhelmed. It's all rather contrived, badly scripted, and has poor Cate enacting a series of bizarre religious iconographies implicating the old dear as the Blessed Virgin - strange considering the storyline mainly consists of her fending off Catholics.
Well acted and well dressed, I grant you, but rather tedious and cringeworthy in all other respects.
Lost in gowns.By YveErin (14 reviews) from Bourne , 24 Jun 2011Gowns were gorgeous. Pity about the long winding story. Lost me quite a few times.
Maybe my history is lacking but I did become bored on and off throughout the film.