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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
Shekhar Kapur returned to his favorite time period with this follow up to 1998's Elizabeth. While never quite matching the intrigue and historical drama of the first movie, this did deliver on Kapur's trademark visuals.
Back in 1998 Elizabeth lost out in the Oscar stakes to Shakespeare In Love. That romantic element that John Madden stirred up must have rubbed off on Kapur who injected a similar romantic overtone to Elizabeth's interaction with Clive Owen's Walter Raleigh. That for me along with some badly fictionalized historical events do detract from what is again a sumptuous looking movie full of wonderful shots and iconic imagery. From lofty overhead shots of Westminster Abbey to Blanchett's beautifully colorful costumes that include that armor…
As a film it is rather forgettable. Whereas the first film had a great mix of shakespearian drama and realpolitik intrigue, this bigger budget affair drowns in its own awkward CGI.
That said, Cate Blanchett is incredible here, it's an even greater performance than in Elizabeth. I was blown away in the scene where Clive Owen's Riley is talking of sighting land, and Elizabeth's face furrows at the mention of 'new life'. It's such an incredible moment of acting. That Blanchett can give a performance like this and be overlooked for an Oscar is a testament to her unanimous respect as an incredible actress. Almost any other actress would win the Oscar for delivering such a performance. Cate Blanchett is…
Instead of building on what the previous movie did right, this follow up is so undecided in what it wants to be that it ends up being a complete mess. On the one hand you have a plot about romance that tries to be lighthearted and funny and on the other hand there are people plotting against the Queen with their evil schemes in the darkness.
Now I actually thought that this might surpass its predecessor since it seems to have a more interesting story, but boy is it a misfire. I have to excuse myself for saying the bad guys and good guys where black and white in "Elizabeth", but here they are pushed into comedic territory. The actors…
*reviewed in 2007*
The long-awaited sequel to 1998's 'Elizabeth', and using some of the same cast (notably Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I and Geoffrey Rush as Francis Walsingham), this film scores on visual splendour but fails to engage in its battle scenes.
As Sir Walter Raleigh in an upgraded part that doesn't pay much attention to history, Clive Owen is OK but nothing spectacular. If anything his characterisation is overwritten for such a dull person. Smaller parts fare better in a muddled story which involves court intrigues, Mary Queen of Scots (played quietly and with dignity by Samantha Morton), Catholics, burning ships, and the Spanish Inquisition.
Kapur's direction does not fail in the scenes of regal spectacle - the Queen…
I have no idea why this film got a much weaker reception when compared to the first Elizabeth film, but i found this second chapter to be just as captivating as the first.
Kapurs direction is even more grand and beautiful to look at a second time around and Cate once again is a powerhouse in the title role.
I'm pretty sure Cate Blanchett is the reincarnation of Queen Elizabeth I. If I were to meet her she would look like this.
What a spectacular film. Everything is amazing. The costumes. The acting. This film is shear beauty.
Despite more action,
This is a lesser film than
The earlier film.
Letter Grade: B
This rather forgettable sequel is without the heart or the soul that made the original great.
I wouldn't call what Cate Blanchett does in this film "acting," it's more simply just being; being there to wear the gaudy costumes, exist as an icon to gawk and marvel at, and transmit singular, when discernible emotions to help guide us through a tired, repurposed and half-assed screenplay.
Vacuous, melodramatic fix of layered people and events. Mindless pageant of studio budget with no sense of stylistic ideas or unity. Unwatchable. [D]
It definitely could have used a more solid narrative and, if I had to compare it to the 1998 film it's a sequel of, I'd say it's definitely an inferior work, but Elizabeth: The Golden Age is nevertheless a good film. It had a strong start and Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen's performances were simply magnificent.
How did this sequel to a great movie come up so dumb? Blanchett was lovely and always watchable, the sets were jaw-dropping, the costumes and hairstyles were elaborate and beautiful … hey, wait a minute … didn’t I recently write the same things about MARIE ANTOINETTE? The difference here is in tone and intent: this mess actually means to be Grand! Important! Historic! or so the hyper-choral music would have us believe. And it did tell a story that reached far outside the queen’s court, but the pedestrian (high school level) writing couldn’t accomplish the special effect of making history plausible.
Oscar for Elizabeth.
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