Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Critic Consensus: This sequel is full of lavish costumes and elaborate sets, but lacks the heart and creativity of the original Elizabeth
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Critic Reviews for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
A pedigreed romance, an excuse for Blanchett to bind herself in satin and channel Kate Hepburn.
Making soap of statecraft, the film has plenty of juicy moments, but offers an inconsistent rather than complex view of Elizabeth.
This is romantic fantasy, not history, and much of the time you fully expect Kapur, here making his third post-Bollywood feature, to turn his cast loose in song and dance.
Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age, from a screenplay by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst, turned out to be more rousingly entertaining than many of its less-than-lukewarm reviews had led me to anticipate.
I can almost recommend this film as a great-looking, bombastic guilty pleasure. But the soundtrack is unbearable, the soap opera love triangle -- laughable.
Despite its title, Shekhar Kapur's new film resembles tarnished copper.
Audience Reviews for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Overly dramatic and cheesy like a soap-opera, this stupid costume drama made to dazzle us with its sumptuous production design seems like two stories in one and cannot decide if it wants to be a romance for women or a backstabbing period drama, and so it simply fails as both.
This unofficial sequel to Shekhar Kapur's first film about Queen Elisabeth the First manages to reunite the fantastic Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, reprising their roles and keeping the visual style about the queen's first years of reign. This is the story of her flirt with Sir Walter Raleigh and the threat of the Spanish armada. Even if the film is a tad slow at times, the mix of intrigues, politics and personal issues works great again. Several factors raise this film high above an interesting but dry history lesson: wonderful costumes, the really unique camera work, Cate Blanchett giving another truly outstanding performance, Clive Owen and his charming charisma, an all around great cast and a very powerful finale with the prettiest sailing ship battles you have ever seen (although admittedly, after the amazing trailer you could have hoped for even more of those). Very good and worth seeing for everyone even remotely interested in the genre.
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 of films that are just as good as or better than the original. Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a great film with a strong story and great performances. The film is just as good as the original, and despite its flaws, there are enough good things about this film to really enjoy it. The film is entertaining, and slow, but for a film like this, the pacing is just perfect. Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a great film, and along with the first film is a solid piece of cinema that should appeal to history fans. If you can forgive the love story, you'll enjoy this. A brilliant film with great performances make this a must see. A very enjoyable film that is a splendid period piece. A must see.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Quotes
|Dr. John Dee:||This much I know... When the storm breaks, each man acts in accordance with his own nature. Some are dumb with terror. Some flee... some hide... And some spread their wings like eagles and soar on the wind.|
|Queen Elizabeth I:||You are a wise man, Dr. Dee.|
|Dr. John Dee:||And you madam, are a very great lady|
|Dr. John Dee:||This much I know... When the storm breaks, each man acts in accordance with his own nature. Some are dumb with terror. Some flee...some hide.. And some spread their wings like eagles and soar on the wind.|
|Queen Elizabeth I:||You are a wise man, Dr. Dee.|
|Dr. John Dee:||And you madam, are a very great lady.|
|King Philip II of Spain:||Elizabeth is darkness, I am the light.|
|Francis Throckmorton:||You cannot save England now.. the Enterprise has begun.|
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