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Declared illegitimate aged 3. Tried for treason aged 21. Crowned Queen aged 25.
This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Film #79 of Project 90
”I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man!”
Elizabeth I also known as The Virgin Queen was the monarch who established Protestantism as the official religion of England, under her rule England went through a financial, political and cultural renaissance and it was also in her time that England defeated the Spanish Armada and ended the political and military domination of Spain Empire, she inherited a politically unstable kingdom plagued by poverty and religious extremism and then turned it into the most powerful country in the world, just note that all these heroic actions were done by a “woman” who had to prove her wisdom…
Period historical dramas are definitely my thing. From the majesty of creating the time period in perfect detail to the often fascinating tales of treachery and intrigue, the scope for these kind of movies is endless.
Elizabeth I and her succession to the throne was one of the bloodiest and most controversial in England's history. Shekhar Kapur crafted a gloriously beautiful looking movie that although historically iffy was full of wonderful performances that somehow got overlooked come award season. Cate Blanchett is just incredible as the monarch thrust into a life of duty amid threats from all corners. The child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she's a Protestant in a country tied to the Vatican and Catholicism. Her reign…
"Observe, Lord Burghley, I am married... to England." ~ Elizabeth I
I wish I had seen this before I saw its 2007 sequel, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." This story perfectly sets up the one that follows, both featuring the Oscar-level acting of Kate Blanchett in the title role. I must admit, for the first hour or so, I thought this didn't hold a candle to its sequel, but that's before we see how the innocent maiden who was thrust unprepared into the role of queen transforms herself into one of the most powerful rulers in the world. Blanchett is just marvelous in this regard.
Of course, she had plenty of help, notably Geoffrey Rush as the queen's sly protector Sir…
I am married.... to England.
I love the Renaissance period for many different reasons, but one particular aspect that attracts me is how simple, elegant, and simultaneously brutal this time period was. Elizabeth is probably the best example of how unrelentingly bloody some parts of this time period were, as it often schizophrenically transitions from intense and dark moments to jovial, light-hearted celebrations, and back again so swiftly. It can seem a bit dizzying to some viewers, and it really is relentless in its brutality. But underneath all of the darkness and bloodshed lies a fascinating piece of history: the rise of Elizabeth I. She was not expected to reign very long at all, she had radical ideas and…
I cannot thank my A Level film teacher for showing us this and Chungking Express. Both are favourites now and a rewatch was in orderwhen I found Elizabeth on telly last night. I'm not into period dramas, I'm not into British history but I love this film so much.
Kapur brings so much vibrance and richness to this story, everything is dripping in warm tones so pleasing to watch and the added humour breaks up the seriousness of the overall tone. It's a fantastic performance from the whos-who of British actors (and Australian!) (erm, and Cantona!) that really drive this, Geoffrey Rush is a force but Blanchett carries this film.
It is shot perfectly, meaningful and carefully. The choir music is haunting, it is dreamy and lovely and MAN IF YOU DON'T LIKE PERIOD DRAMAS YOU WILL LIKE THIS TRUST ME~
Having heard a lot of negative comments about this film, I went along purely on the strength of the largely British cast and what I knew of their previous work. I wasn't disappointed.
Kapur's direction is a little irritating at times (a few too many overhead shots), but the film looks fantastic and the music, although perhaps not always from the right period, fits the visuals perfectly.
Cate Blanchett is a stunning Elizabeth, although I feel the insistence of the film to focus on the early part of her reign is a little disappointing.
Best performances come from Chris Eccleston, Geoffrey Rush, and Richard Attenborough, but everyone has their moments and no one lets the cast down. Well worth seeing.
Great period piece.
I've always thought Cate Blanchett's performance is greater than the movie itself. I don't really find it very rewatchable other than for that reason. The costumes were impeccable though and it was interesting to see Daniel Craig as the priest who attempted to kill Queen Elizabeth.
Didn't see that sequel coming.
I have watched this in the past and do not remember doing so. While I would solidly give it a four star review again, I think this forgetfulness is more a note on its staying power than its function as a period piece.
"I am no man's Elizabeth!"
That's so hot
"I will have one mistress with me and no master"
"You may make whores of my ladies but you shall not make one out of me"
"From this moment I am going to follow *my own* opinion and see if I do any better."
Cate Blanchett's voice (shiver)
"[The man she loved] shall be kept alive to remind me of how close I came to danger."
"What now? Am I to be made of stone? Must I be touched by nothing?"
Made in the 90s based on history, strong woman, very xena-like aesthetics: I LIKE IT
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Solid film all-around but lacking something that took it to the next level. Not sure what it was. Still thoroughly enjoyable. Blanchett is fantastic, and Geoffrey Rush must be Hollywood's go-to guy if they need someone sinister and compelling. Familiar enough with the story in advance so perhaps it lacked that added punch of learning about the events as the movie unfolded.
I'll say this: the final quarter of the movie in which Elizabeth grapples with moral difficulties of offing all her myriad enemies, and then decides to devote herself entirely to England, was some tour de force work by Blanchett.
Cate Blanchett should've won an Oscar for this.
Cate does an incredible job of portraying Elizabeth and her change from being a young woman in love with no experience in ruling a kingdom to a powerful force to be reckoned with in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth. I forget how much I love period dramas/era films sometimes and its films like these that remind me how much I do.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…