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- DescriptionNearly a decade after Cate Blanchett drew the attention of audiences and critics alike with ELIZABETH, the Oscar-winning actress returns to the role of the Virgin Queen. Though the protestant ruler has been on the throne for decades in 1585, Elizabeth I's reign is still under attack from both inside her country and from the continent. Her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots (Samantha Morton), carries the favour of the nation's Catholics as she schemes for the throne from prison, while Spain's King Philip II (Jordi Molla) plots an invasion with the power of his famous armada. But Elizabeth is also concerned with the arrival of Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen), a charming pirate and adventurer. Unable to reconcile her feelings with her crown, she encourages Bess (Abbie Cornish), her beloved lady-in-waiting, to pursue a relationship with Raleigh.<BR>Nine years haven't dulled Blanchett's ability to play this--or any other--character with an impressive range of fire and tenderness. Her chemistry with the infinitely watchable Owen is one of the film's highlights. As in ELIZABETH, director Shekhar Kapur doesn't restrict himself from using artfully constructed shots that aren't normally used in period dramas. It's a modern retelling of history, and Kapur and his director of photograpy, Remi Adefarasin, aren't content to let the film have the standard look of many films in the genre. Costume designer Alexandra Byrne follows the same logic, creating stunning dresses for Elizabeth that draw inspiration both from modernity and the time period. If Blanchett weren't such a gifted actress, the gorgeous costumes might threaten to overtake her as the star of the film.
- Leading Role 1Geoffrey Rush
- Director 1Shekhar Kapur
- Leading Role 2Rhys Ifans
- Leading Role 3Christian Brassington
- Additional Roles byClive Owen,Samantha Morton,Tom Hollander,Jordi Molla,Adam Godley,Abbie Cornish
- ProducerEric Fellner,Tim Bevan,Jonathan Cavendish
- ScreenwriterWilliam Nicholson,Michael Hirst
- Score ComposerCraig Armstrong,A.R. Rahman
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2008
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time111 minutes
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- cathy0109 May, 2017by
Perfect history viewing.
This is perfect for my son to help with his history revision as well as being an interesting watch as a family.
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- 1942.tank15 Jul, 2013by
The best Elizabeth ever.
What a nice surprise this film was ,we really enjoyed it .The whole production was top quality and the actors superb,loved it to bits.
- 2b114d512f1e71e...09 May, 2011by
This film is a great piece of history portrayed excellently by all the cat, very interesting even for someone who is not into royalty'
- cmac741308 Mar, 2011by
Elizabeth - the Golden Age
Fantastic, sumptuous settings, glorious costumes and brilliant actors! One my favourite films of all time. Highly recommended!
- hayleyamandajam...14 Nov, 2010by
Elizabet the Golden Age
Visually stunning and effective, but the storyline itself was garbled and 'bitty' with only a few brief, mumbled clues given as to who the various characters were supposed to be (-so pay close attention!) Viewers have to work far too hard at piecing together this rambling plot themselves. What's happened to the art of storytelling and the accepted rule that there should be a beginning, a middle and an end to a good story? This was totally unstructured and as such failed to either build suspense or reach a climax. Cate Blanchett was superb as always but worthy of a much better scriptwriter and Director.
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