Elizabeth: The Golden Age Reviews

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November 17, 2011
March 21, 2011
As an historical reenactment it suffers from a great deal of simplification in order to make complex events quickly and easily understandable, and as a drama it suffers from a great deal of build that never really pays on it's promise.
August 23, 2008
Every shot, every costume is decadent with color, and every single twitch of Blanchett's face is imbued with meaning as she negotiates her way through her warring roles of being a woman and being a queen.
March 3, 2008
Betrayal, war, love triangles and most importantly, Cate Blanchett proves to be able to capture strength, anger and sadness better...
February 28, 2008
This is an epic, to be sure, but it is also a melodrama, a soap opera of titanic scale and bluster.
February 21, 2008
A pedigreed romance, an excuse for Blanchett to bind herself in satin and channel Kate Hepburn.
November 19, 2007
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" is a worthy sequel to "Elizabeth". Cate Blanchett delivers the same performance that earned her so much praise the first time around. The epic feel harkens back to Hollywood's Golden Age.
November 17, 2007
Blanchett and the film powerfully embody the range of Elizabeth's mind and the force of her intellect, along with the necessary balance between moral scruple and realpolitik.
November 9, 2007
It may have been a gamble for director Shekhar Kapur to pick up the threads of his acclaimed film Elizabeth from nine years earlier but the result is overtly satisfying
November 2, 2007
Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth sequel is a beautifully shot, impeccably designed and largely entertaining drama, providing you're not a stickler for historical accuracy.
November 2, 2007
If this is a film that irritates nearly as much as it pleases, we do get a sense of the times, and of the lady in question. The eyes, if not the brain, are certainly given a workout that they will remember.
November 2, 2007
See it anyway for Blanchett's soulful modulation between queenly command and womanly anguish.
November 2, 2007
For all the shortcomings of its clunky, stubbornly anachronistic dialogue, the first instalment of the Elizabeth saga packed a real punch.
November 2, 2007
Rich in colour, sumptuous costumes, political intrigues and the personal relationships which dominate Elizabeth once more.
November 2, 2007
Kapur's film is visually arresting, each frame a work of art in miniature. But there is something rather breathless about the storytelling.
November 2, 2007
Despite all that's going for it, you can't help thinking this movie could have been so much better.
November 2, 2007
A handsome but shallow sequel.
November 2, 2007
A lesser movie compared to its 1998 predecessor, this sequel nonetheless delivers the sort of stirring drama and sweeping spectacle its subject demands. Blanchett, meanwhile, shines brightly enough in the title role to make Elizabeth III a certainty.
November 1, 2007
Sidelines Sir Francis Drake in favour of the dashing Raleigh, nicely summing up the film: all flash, very little bang.
November 1, 2007
Over-indulgent and melodramatic, as is the nature of artistic mythmaking, The Golden Age will beguile and repel in equal measure. The performances are supreme, although some viewers may struggle to reconcile the director's epic intentions.
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