Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Reprising her role from 1998's Elizabeth is Cate Blanchett, as Queen Elizabeth I. This historical epic finds the Queen growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th Century Europe. Her rule is challenged by the Spanish army, led by King Philip II (Jordi Molla) - determined to restore England to Catholicism.

Preparing for war, Elizabeth tries to balance ancient royal duties with the slimy underbelly of her monarchy: traitors and assassination plots. She also finds in herself an unexpected vulnerability as she falls for seafarer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Unable to pursue the romance, the Queen encourages her lady-in-waiting Bess (Abbie Cornish), to befriend Raleigh and keep him near. But this strategy forces Elizabeth to observe their growing intimacy. Also starring Geoffrey Rush as her trusted advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham.

Best Costume Design, Academy Awards 2008.
2007Rating: M, contains violence114 minsUK
BiographyDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
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Reviews & comments

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Where Kapur's first Elizabeth was cool, cerebral, fascinatingly concerned with complex plotting, the new movie is pitched at the level of a Jean Plaidy romantic novel.

0
Salon

Salon

press

[Historical] inaccuracy isn't the biggest issue here. It's simply that Kapur, once again, has taken a story with plenty of juice and bled it into something pale and limp.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is a cold film that is filled with passion and anguish but it fails to stir any real emotion - just as Elizabeth keeps a certain distance from her subjects, Elizabeth: The Golden Age keeps a certain distance from its audience.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Over-indulgent and melodramatic, as is the nature of artistic mythmaking, The Golden Age will beguile and repel in equal measure. The performances are supreme, although some viewers may struggle to reconcile the director’s epic intentions.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

All in all, Elizabeth The Golden Age is a lousy film with some great trappings. In a comfy seat, with a glass of sav', and a few friends to have a laugh with, you could do a lot worse...

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While trying to do too much, this Elizabeth brings to mind that Elizabethan bard's line: "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

It's a wonderfully seductive, grandiose, unashamedly operatic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's finest hour, and it's even more rousing because of the chinks already exposed in her armour. Kapur plays up every high note with arresting imagery that wouldn't be out of place in a 16th century royal portrait. Throw away the history books and behold the majesty.

0

WOW!

What great divergence in opinion about this film. Wouldnt go so far myself, eitherway. Thought it moderately capitivating, some good acting, costumes etc, but would like to have thought it carried a high level of historical accuracy.

3.0
0

A great film but...

Is so much violence necessary - I would have enjoyed the film more had I not spent much of the time with closed eyes and blocked ears. That period was dark enough without surfacing all the dreadful torcher that took place! Sue

4.0
0

Where's the beef?

Stunning costume and amazing special effects. But I have to say the storyline is boring. It feels like something straight out of a history textbook. No much substance.

1.0
0

Disagree completely with review below

To Paul, below: I think you are completely unfair by giving Elizabeth a mere one star. I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening out. Acting was very impressive, and the film made me feel I was there in such an opulent age.

4.0
0

Highly boring.

Stay clear... I was bored start to finish. Flashy and pointless direction. A story line that lacked any kind of intrigue or insight. Blanchett good, costumes good, otherwise I won't hear another word on this film. Boring. That is all.

1.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Where Kapur's first Elizabeth was cool, cerebral, fascinatingly concerned with complex plotting, the new movie is pitched at the level of a Jean Plaidy romantic novel.

0
Salon

Salon

press

[Historical] inaccuracy isn't the biggest issue here. It's simply that Kapur, once again, has taken a story with plenty of juice and bled it into something pale and limp.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is a cold film that is filled with passion and anguish but it fails to stir any real emotion - just as Elizabeth keeps a certain distance from her subjects, Elizabeth: The Golden Age keeps a certain distance from its audience.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Over-indulgent and melodramatic, as is the nature of artistic mythmaking, The Golden Age will beguile and repel in equal measure. The performances are supreme, although some viewers may struggle to reconcile the director’s epic intentions.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

All in all, Elizabeth The Golden Age is a lousy film with some great trappings. In a comfy seat, with a glass of sav', and a few friends to have a laugh with, you could do a lot worse...

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While trying to do too much, this Elizabeth brings to mind that Elizabethan bard's line: "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

It's a wonderfully seductive, grandiose, unashamedly operatic portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's finest hour, and it's even more rousing because of the chinks already exposed in her armour. Kapur plays up every high note with arresting imagery that wouldn't be out of place in a 16th century royal portrait. Throw away the history books and behold the majesty.

0

WOW!

What great divergence in opinion about this film. Wouldnt go so far myself, eitherway. Thought it moderately capitivating, some good acting, costumes etc, but would like to have thought it carried a high level of historical accuracy.

3.0
0

A great film but...

Is so much violence necessary - I would have enjoyed the film more had I not spent much of the time with closed eyes and blocked ears. That period was dark enough without surfacing all the dreadful torcher that took place! Sue

4.0
0

Where's the beef?

Stunning costume and amazing special effects. But I have to say the storyline is boring. It feels like something straight out of a history textbook. No much substance.

1.0
0

Disagree completely with review below

To Paul, below: I think you are completely unfair by giving Elizabeth a mere one star. I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening out. Acting was very impressive, and the film made me feel I was there in such an opulent age.

4.0
0

Highly boring.

Stay clear... I was bored start to finish. Flashy and pointless direction. A story line that lacked any kind of intrigue or insight. Blanchett good, costumes good, otherwise I won't hear another word on this film. Boring. That is all.

1.0
0