Elizabeth: The Golden Age Reviews

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November 17, 2011
February 21, 2008
A pedigreed romance, an excuse for Blanchett to bind herself in satin and channel Kate Hepburn.
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
The pity of this botched follow-up is that it never once touches us.
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
Where Kapur's first Elizabeth was cool, cerebral, fascinatingly concerned with complex plotting, the new movie is pitched at the level of a Jean Plaidy romantic novel.
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 1, 2007
Making soap of statecraft, the film has plenty of juicy moments, but offers an inconsistent rather than complex view of Elizabeth.
October 30, 2007
Even though the script plays fast and loose with historical facts, that indomitable bulldog spirit rings true and holds you captive for the duration.
October 19, 2007
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.
October 17, 2007
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.
October 15, 2007
I can almost recommend this film as a great-looking, bombastic guilty pleasure. But the soundtrack is unbearable, the soap opera love triangle -- laughable.
October 12, 2007
Despite its title, Shekhar Kapur's new film resembles tarnished copper.
October 12, 2007
From its extravagant costumes to its pompous score, The Golden Age is packed with distractions. But the biggest of all is the story itself, which works so mightily to tarnish the queen at its core.
October 12, 2007
Expect a fast-paced, beautifully mounted and well-acted soap opera with overripe dialogue that plays fast and loose with history -- just like they did in the '30s, '40s and '50s -- and you won't come away disappointed.
October 12, 2007
Even the chance to see Cate Blanchett strut and fret upon the stage, shooting haughty glances left and right, isn't enough reason to tour this rambling Tudor mansion, full of overstuffed bedrooms and empty suits of armor.
October 12, 2007
The events beg for Shakespearean gravity, but the only tragedy here is that so little could be made of so much.
October 12, 2007
The danger in making a costume drama is that all of it will be as lifeless as wax figures. Kapur escapes this fate by relying on sex and a luminous star capable of being at once regal and alluring.
October 12, 2007
Every time the camera finally settles on Blanchett's regal cheekbones, it's a relief.
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