|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christopher Eccleston, James Frain, Vincent Cassel, Edward Hardwicke, Eric Cantona, Kathy Burke, Fanny Ardant, Terence Rigby, Emily Mortimer, Joseph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Angus Deayton, John Gielgud, Richard Attenborough, Geoffrey Rush|
|Collections:||100 Feisty Females, Full English|
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 May 1999|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, German|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Elizabethan politics and intrigueBy Huwie from Dyfed , 30 Nov 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]After the death of Henry VIII, England was left in a state of political and religious turmoil. The exchequer was empty and the army was weak. Meanwhile, the Catholic powers of France, Spain and the Vatican circled the country and court, eager to burn heretics, advance their own interests, and ensure that England was saved for the Church of Rome.
As a non-Catholic, Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett, who might have been born for the role) was in danger even before she ascended to the throne. This film traces her transition from princess to Queen, and explores how she and her advisers -- notably her spymaster, Francis Walsingham (excellently portrayed by Geoffrey Rush, with a couple of scenes of exquisite ruthlessness) -- confront these threats and ultimately destroy their enemies in a counter-coup of stunning speed and ferocity: the first night of the long knives, perhaps.
The story is seamlessly interwoven with Elizabeth's tragic love for Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes), who you might remember from history lessons at school :-)
Personally, I found it engrossing and thought-provoking. It brought home, for example, that there was a time when the Pope was considered such a threat (watch the film and compare his actions to the way certain fundamentalists are motivated today!) that to this day it remains constitutionally inconceivable that a British monarch should be subordinate to Rome.
If you enjoy well-acted historical drama, don't mind a little dramatic embellishment, and like a bit of complexity in your movies, then this will probably appeal.
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historical intrigue with fine actingBy a customer , 21 Oct 2013The early days of Good Queen Bess's reign explored. Lots of intrigue and plotting and it was slightly confusing as to who was what so you do have to concentrate. Not sure that the acting of Cate B was such as to warrant an Oscar nomination though. She didn't have much to do
Amazing FilmBy a customer , 06 Mar 2013This film was amazing. When I studied Elizabeth I, I fell in love with her. Cate Blanchett plays the role perfectly. This could be used to give an overview of the early reign of 'Liz I' but it has too many historical inaccuracies to put here.
Very good even if the historically correct "best bit" was changed.By ritualhazard (3 reviews) from glossop , 13 Dec 2012Not saying more than that so as not to spoilt it. It makes up for this though by presenting the lives of two very strong minded women in a very male dominated culture. Good acting and beautifully filmed.
Disliked itBy a customer , 30 Aug 2012I am not a good critic for this film. I found it slow moving and rather tedious so gave up after 30 minutes.
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Brilliant portrayalBy cheesekake (1497 reviews) from uk , 21 Aug 2012Blanchett does an amazing portrayal of Elizabeth in this film.
Anyone who loves historic films will really enjoy this film, if you want full on action tho you may not get it.
defo worth watching tho