Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Woman. Warrior. Queen.
This movie is a Sequel to the First Elizabeth movie from 1998, and takes place in the 15th century, following the virgin queen of England, and her epic battle against the Spanish fleet
Love this movie in all its glorious pageantry. I could watch the whole thing in silent mode. AND. If the characters did nothing but just walk around in their various costumes and castle locales, I would be in heaven. I don't think I've ever seen a movie with this level of awesome in terms of costume design.
For added icing, throw in Blanchett, Owen and Rush and bam; you've got greatness on screen.
A huge, disjointed, and gorgeous mess of a film. For the first half of it, I had absolutely no idea what was going on, since the film focused on Elizabeth (a slightly less sympathetic and consistent character than Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator) fussing over some nonsense love triangle and shrieking in cathedrals while plot happened off-screen or in very short glimpses of a much more interesting film.
What most of these unnamed characters were up to did eventually get explained, and the main character got tangentially involved in the plot. At this point, however, the editor clearly just said "fuck it" and let his 7-year old piece together the rest of the scenes. Several scenes appear to happen out of…
As a fan of the first Elizabeth and the impressive ensemble of actors gathered together for The Golden Age, I was really hoping that somehow I wouldn't find this as bad as the reviews claimed it to be. Unfortunately, it really is just that miserable and found myself struggling to conjure up a modicum of interest in this bore. The sets and especially the Oscar-winning costume design are lovely to look at, but that can really only sustain the attention for so long and when it comes to story, this one is bleeding from the start.
With assassination plots, forbidden love and political struggles, The Golden Age felt like a dull repetition of the first film in almost every way,…
A nice looking period movie with only fine camera work and a whole mess of a story centered around weak and emo-like queen Elizabeth crying her way out of a stupid love triangle. And the great sea battle was resolved in impossibly-magical way.
Be hold , here it is ... the unnecessary average sequel to a good enough “ Elizabeth “ (1998) .
that movie was an interesting take on Queen Elizabeth’s personal journey and character study of her youth at the beginning of Golden Age . This one drives in a totally opposite direction in almost every element , and not so satisfying .
Cate the Queen , Geofrey Rush and Clive Owen are truly the only reasons to keep watching it until the end , but what should we do with the scenes not including them ?
This is a mess made of Betrayals , a boring plot and useless and shallow villains in shiny costume design and set decoration .…
Phenomenal sequel to Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett delivers a stunning performance in the title role. Though the film has gotten some flack for its romantic storyline, it's also part of history. I thought that this film was just as strong as the first, and that Blanchett delivered yet again. The film is a great looking piece of cinema, and the story, though slow at times is well plotted, and the pacing is just right for the great climax of the film. There are enough good things going for this film to forgive its slight imperfections. The performances alone make this a strong, flawless and powerful film. As far as sequels are concerned, Elizabeth: The Golden Age belongs on the short list…
It's not often that you can tell that a historical drama is not very good, as you can easily chalk it up to not knowing the history enough. That being said, you can see it here. The film is just okay but Blanchett and Morton are excellent. Great Oscar-winning costume design by Alexandra Byrne.
This movie has pretty much the same Controlling Idea as the previous Elizabeth movie: that devotion and inner strength is required to protect one's country. But this movie does a way better job of proving the idea. Even though as queen, Elizabeth is far removed from the physical battle and spy vs spy action, her actions (and inactions) drive every turning point forward. When she wavers, England suffers, when she is strong, England triumphs. This makes for a very satisfying ending where she rallies her troops to defeat the Spanish armada in one of England's greatest naval victories in history. Great movie.
Interesting conspiracy theory on the Virgin Queen, was she really a he? Interesting story:
My Story Chart of the movie is here:
Conflict between Protestants and Catholics flares as Philip II (Jordi Molla) of Spain plots the assassination of Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) and the invasion of England. Meanwhile, on the home front, a romantic triangle heats up between Elizabeth, her favorite handmaiden Bess (Abbie Cornish), and Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).
No doubt the first Elizabeth film took its share of liberties with historical fact, but at least it was a serious examination of how a powerful and resourceful woman came to power, maintained her position, and the price she paid for it. This sequel is a combination of soap opera and Errol Flynn-type swashbuckler, peopled by one-dimensional characters.
Nice solid movie. Visually gorgeous at times. Cate Blanchett in that armor is a pretty cool sight.
So its not exactly Historically accurate to the events, but what it lacks in facts it makes up with in sheer beauty. Be it the wonderful Location, Costume design or for the purely wonderful cinematography.
An the performances aren't bad either
"Queen Elizabeth I: I TOO can command the wind sir! I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare if you dare to try me!"