Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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…
Starkly contrasting the intense and dark themes surrounding 1998's Elizabeth, this sequel prefers to coat itself in grandiose set designs and splendid costumes, but ultimately forgets about the flat characters wearing them. The biggest issue with this sequel is that none of the actors (save Cate Blanchett and possibly Geoffrey Rush) seem truly convincing enough in their portrayals. They simply meander through the story, content with serving as mediocre supplements to our two well rounded main characters.
Perhaps the film suffered because it mainly consisted of entirely new characters with a couple repeat actors from the previous installment. Maybe the writers figured they already knew what to do with the other characters, and so they proceeded to fill Blanchett…
I'm not exactly sure whether Cate Blanchett was supposed to play a queen or a goddess in this movie, I tend to think it's the latter.
The Golden Age is radically different from its predecessor. It deals with power and what to do with it, once it's yours. Queen Elizabeth I faces many challenges in times of turmoil, deals with personal betrayal and finding her own stability in the midst of uncertainty. The historical narrative has been undoubtedly simplified and facts have been altered, which would usually not bother me in a period drama, but in this case it was almost absurd. I got the message that judgement should be guided by tolerance rather than religious fanaticism, still the portrayal…
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…
It seems somewhat of a shame, certainly odd, that the two films of the Elizabeth series were built around her (non)-romantic relationships with men. In The Golden Age, Cate Blanchett has the misfortune to have to simper-up-to the robotic dialogue delivery device that is Clive Owen. Owen's Walter Raleigh is more potato than human. Ironic, isn't it.
You'd think the most famous Queen in English history might get at least a scene or two without it being about a man.
It is a shame, not only for Blanchett, who is again wonderful in the role, but also for the film; following the good first film with this dross is quite the come down. The plot is all over the place,…
Visually spendid follow-up to Elizabeth, explores the queen's confrontation with Catholic Spain, and her continued struggle with being single, but all too often the film succumbs to overbearingly dramatic scenes and montages, accompanied by a blaring choral score, which only have the effect of turning an interesting piece of history into a somewhat heavy handed cinematic experience. There is enough story in this and the prior film to fill in a couple of seasons of a well paced TV series, but squeezing everything into two films has taken its toll.
This movie has no real sense of pacing to it. It's definitely a let-down, considering how good the first film was.
O.k. so I don't know why everyone bashes this movie and continuously says, "Hey, the first one's better," because I enjoyed the sequel as much, if not more, than the first film! In the sequel to Elizabeth, we get more fantastic cinematography, great directing, and even more of the phenomenal acting chops of the great Cate Blanchett herself. Honestly, I found her to be an even more powerful force in this film than in the first one. So, for all the folks out there who say, "Don't bother seeing this film," I say, "GO SEE IT NOW."
This movie is as gorgeous as the first, but it falls into melodrama a little too easily and quickly. In some ways it's more fun than the first film, because it's so over the top, but it lacks the gravity of its predecessor.
Occasionally-stunning visuals don't make up for a predictable (yes, I know it's historical fiction but still) plot and leaden direction.
More Cate Blanchett being a badass ethereal being and gorgeous costuming, less romance novel melodrama please.
WOMEN POWER. Holy costuming. Cate Blanchett is incredible!!
Captivating historical story. Drama drama drama an great passions. Enjoyable.
It's criticized for having more style over substance but the style is exactly what makes me like it so much, almost as much as the first film (cue gasp). Objectively, I know that the first one is more superior. I actually wish they retained the Elizabeth of the first film instead of the lovesick queen we got here. But the costumes and production design were so breathtaking, I was willing to overlook that as well as the excessive revision of historical events. I also really liked Cate's performance here better than in the 1998 film, but that's probably because she was a better actress at this point.
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!