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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

2008-03-31 13:59
What it's about:

The Golden Age finds Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II (Jordi Molla) with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada - determined to restore England to Catholicism. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her love for Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).

What the critics say:

"Overall, pic takes a small-minded view of history and, in its rush to proceed from one tumultuous event to the next, lacks any sense of occasion relative to the significant pageant it attempts to depict."
Todd McCarthy, Variety

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a kitsch extravaganza aquiver with trembling bosoms, booming guns and wild energy."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"All in all, it's a grand package of hearty acting, design and action with the only caveat being that unlike the first film this Elizabeth can no longer surprise us with its modern twists."
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"When you see Cate Blanchett in one fantastical gown after another, you understand why Elizabeth's reign was golden."
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"This is romantic fantasy, not history, and much of the time you fully expect Kapur, here making his third post-Bollywood feature, to turn his cast loose in song and dance."
Jonathan F. Richards,

"With respect to costumes and set design, this is a sumptuous affair. The script is less even, as is the pacing."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability.

Queen of Katwe

2016-10-07 07:31

Anton 2008-02-22 09:58 PM
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE Cate Blanchett rules! WOW, what a movie! Irrespective of the discrepencies I thoroughly enjoyed! Enjoy it for what it is - a visual feast!

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