REVIEW: ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
director Shekhar Kapur has managed to create an Elizabethan
sequel that is as triumphant as the first. This film is not
only a historical depiction, but also a feast for the eyes.
The costumes for this film were not only amazing, but true
to the trends of each of the courts in France, England and
Spain. The scenes of Queen Elizabeth in prayer portray an
almost angelic and pure figure. This may be a misnomer, and
it contradicts with the vengeance-like warrior also
portrayed in this film. Cate Blanchett manages to pin point
which of the two personalities she is playing. Queen
Elizabeth’s character dabbles with insecurities that are
only satisfied by a much handsome and savvy Walter Raleigh
(Clive Owen), and a wise protector, Sir Francis Walsingham
Being that it is a historical film, it will appeal to those
who have a passion for Elizabeth the monarch as well as the
Elizabethan Age and Era. The most distinguishing aspect of
this film is that it ties the knots left unraveled by the
first Elizabeth. Elizabeth, The Golden Age presents a human
queen who has to worry about the woes of war, religion,
marriage, age and love. This film does a great job of
separating Elizabeth the Queen and Elizabeth the woman.
Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen’s chemistry was amazing. From
the banter between Queen and servant, to the soothing words
of lovers, these two actors have depicted the struggle of a
monarch and the simplicity of a peasant. Cate proves that a
woman can be in power, and demonstrates that Queen Elizabeth
was well ahead of her time. The beauty of this film is that
it is simply a retelling of history, yet it does it in a
phenomenal and rich manner.
Although I am a fanatic of this Era, I do not suggest anyone
see this movie on a whim. It is lengthy as well as complex,
and unless you are knowledgeable of Queen Elizabeth’s
history, it may not be as exciting as it is to someone who
is a fan of the Queen. It is fantastically cast as well as
beautifully put together. Nonetheless, unless you are as
much a fan of the Queen as I am, I suggest you watch
something else. For those fans of Elizabeth I, this film is
well worth the movie going experience, and will be as
satisfying as the first Elizabeth film.
Review By Mady Gars
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Elizabeth The Golden Age
I loved Elizabeth T G A. It was a very
well done movie. I would give it no less
than 4 stars **** Go seeit!.... One of
the best movies yet...without all the
sex crap in it!
I loved Elizabeth: The Golden Age too.
Like in the first part, the costumes are
amazingly beautiful. I have to agree
that what makes the movie, obviously is
the wonderful cast. Nobody could have
played Sir Francis Walsingham better
than Geoffrey Rush. I absolutely loved
it. As a fan of the Queen and the era, I
must say it's very true to the history.
You feel like you're living in the time.
A must see!!!!!
This movie was very well produced. I
would recommend any person who is a
history buff to really watch this movie.
The props and attention to detail was
out of this world. I give this movie
also 5 stars out of 5 stars
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Director: Shekhar Kapur
Writer: William Nicholson
Duration: 1hr 54mins
Release Date: October 12, 2007
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