Elizabeth: The Golden Age Reviews

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October 12, 2007
What compelled Kapur to film half the movie through scrims, curtains, screens and arches? How can you appreciate human drama when you're constantly being distracted by the 16th-century equivalent of Architectural Digest?
October 12, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age places its gilded head upon the chopping block right from the opening salvo, replacing its predecessor's cunning with bombast.
October 12, 2007
The movie looks beautiful, enhanced by intriguing camerawork and sumptuous production design. But the music is overbearing, perhaps to compensate for the pedestrian script and dull history lesson.
October 12, 2007
When you see Cate Blanchett in one fantastical gown after another, you understand why Elizabeth's reign was golden.
October 12, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a Rolls-Royce, car-crash of a movie -- classy, beautifully made and ultimately crushed beneath its own pretentiousness.
October 12, 2007
What Elizabeth: The Golden Age finally lacks is something its subject never lacked: a sense of majesty.
October 12, 2007
The Golden Age feels like two movies: one a bodice-ripping romance, the other a study in statecraft and power. But these strands, one private, one public, come together in the title character and the balancing act she must master.
October 12, 2007
It is a silly film about serious matters, challenged by a multiple-personality disorder -- multiple multiple-personality disorders, in fact -- but more or less saved from pure nonsense by Blanchett.
October 12, 2007
There are scenes where the costumes are so sumptuous, the sets so vast, the music so insistent, that we lose sight of the humans behind the dazzle of the production.
October 12, 2007
Where's the political sophistication that made the first movie slightly more interesting? That was a decent game of chess. The Golden Age is checkers.
October 12, 2007
Despite good performances all around, particularly the ever-brilliant Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a gilded ornament, speculative and uninterested in much besides this queen's matters of heart.
October 12, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a kitsch extravaganza aquiver with trembling bosoms, booming guns and wild energy.
October 12, 2007
Through the miracle of modern technology, the film achieves alchemy in reverse, turning historical gold into contemporary lead.
October 11, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age gives new meaning to "costume drama" in that it is a drama primarily about costumes. But the drama is about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the temple.
October 11, 2007
The Golden Age is frustrating because Kapur does seem to have a taste for nutball pageantry -- he just won't let himself go all the way with it.
October 11, 2007
Through it all, whether in muslin nightie, damask gown or silvery armor, Blanchett commands the screen as she commands the royal navy. Her unforced majesty makes a so-so film worth watching.
October 11, 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is less a chronicle of counter-Reformation hijinks than a 16th-century episode of The Hills.
October 11, 2007
Cate Blanchett returns to the role that made her a star, and though this sequel to Elizabeth (1998) is less defensible as history, as florid costume drama it's just as entertaining.
October 11, 2007
Elizabeth achieved its power by focusing on the central idea of how a callow princess became a great queen. In trying to re-create the formula, the sequel merely grasps about for a reason to be, and that makes for dull watching, indeed.
October 11, 2007
A distinct letdown from the 1998 predecessor that helped make Blanchett a star.
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