Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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: M114 minsUK
BiographyDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Salon

Salon

[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.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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

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BBC

BBC

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.

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