Elizabeth: The Golden Age Reviews

  • Oct 13, 2020

    only 20 minutes in and im bored - something I never thought I'd say about anything relating to the tudors

    only 20 minutes in and im bored - something I never thought I'd say about anything relating to the tudors

  • Jul 08, 2020

    Enjoyable to an extent but a weak sequel.

    Enjoyable to an extent but a weak sequel.

  • Jun 28, 2020

    Some incredible costumes and make up and a worthy world built to look at, even if the story is weaker than the previous installment, the amazing and consistent performance from Cate Blanchett (as usual) and a competent cast make this journey an interesting watch, but the first one is better than this.

    Some incredible costumes and make up and a worthy world built to look at, even if the story is weaker than the previous installment, the amazing and consistent performance from Cate Blanchett (as usual) and a competent cast make this journey an interesting watch, but the first one is better than this.

  • Jun 23, 2020

    Where the first one was at least interesting this one seems to think it can sail on the original's success and felt hollow. Cate Blanchett was unconvincing.

    Where the first one was at least interesting this one seems to think it can sail on the original's success and felt hollow. Cate Blanchett was unconvincing.

  • Jun 01, 2020

    Cate Blanchett è come sempre fenomenale e trascina letteralmente un cast stellare. Personaggio studiato molto bene e pieno di sfaccettature. Sceneggiatura non entusiasmante; ottimi costumi.

    Cate Blanchett è come sempre fenomenale e trascina letteralmente un cast stellare. Personaggio studiato molto bene e pieno di sfaccettature. Sceneggiatura non entusiasmante; ottimi costumi.

  • Feb 10, 2020

    Once more over the great Ms. Blanchet brings her kinetic powerful acting abilties to the for front. Jeffery Rush once again, although more tamed with age, delivers the goods. The production and set/ costume design are all high tier quality and most impressive, but the story took a step back in interplay with the dialect and storied-mingling amongst the characters unfortunately. It does still entertain, albiet at a marginal cost from a much weaker and simplified script.

    Once more over the great Ms. Blanchet brings her kinetic powerful acting abilties to the for front. Jeffery Rush once again, although more tamed with age, delivers the goods. The production and set/ costume design are all high tier quality and most impressive, but the story took a step back in interplay with the dialect and storied-mingling amongst the characters unfortunately. It does still entertain, albiet at a marginal cost from a much weaker and simplified script.

  • Feb 06, 2020

    Overdone Hollywood style

    Overdone Hollywood style

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Great equipment and costumes, yet boring storyline

    Great equipment and costumes, yet boring storyline

  • Oct 02, 2019

    I was not a fan of Elizabeth (1998) so I can't say that I went into this film with high hopes but having seen the wonderful Becket (1964) last night I thought that with the right screenplay this movie could have at least been entertaining. Sadly this film is not based on an acclaimed Jean Anoulih play but the musings of the writer behind Nell (1994), an insufferable piece of claptrap. The dialogue is not only ridiculous but devoid of any wit or meaning and we are left wondering, if Queen Elizabeth I was this lacking in intellect how was she so successful? This film provides you with no understanding of who the central character was, doesn't inform you about how history has shaped British society and crucially, it does not entertain. Queen Elizabeth II, Cate Blanchett, is under attack as the Spanish Armada try to take her down while there are calls from the Catholic population to have her dethroned and murdered in favor of Mary, Queen of Scots, Samantha Morton. She falls in love with Walter Raleigh, Clive Owen, but his affections stray to her ‘favorite' Bess Throckmorton, Abbie Morton, an attraction the two struggle to hide from the domineering Queen. After realizing that Raleigh and Throckmorton have married and Throckmorton is pregnant she returns to being the virgin queen and pledges her commitment to her people as she defeats the Spanish and has Mary murdered. She leads her country through what will be a golden age for them. Raleigh is essentially a replacement for Robert Dudley, Joseph Fiennes, from Elizabeth as we watch our heroine follow the exact same path she traveled in the first film, making the same mistakes and ending up in the same place. Here the drama is meant to be heightened because this time the woman that Raleigh is unfaithful with is a friend of Elizabeth's but because we know so little about Throckmorton it is hard to care. We understand that she is Elizabeth's most beloved lady in waiting and see them giggling together as they discuss men and womanly problems but there was never a moment where I thought that Elizabeth would be seriously hurt by a betrayal. Her interest in Raleigh is similarly driven by lust and not serious romantic feelings therefore the loss of him should be not devastating. Having seen her go through all of this before it is hard to get invested in her journey as we know that she will end up turning away men in favor of leading her country and affirming her desire to be a leader not a lover. The period detail is all fine as the costumes and the locations are expectedly beautiful and hopefully accurate but behind all of this flash there is little substance. The most acclaimed element of the film was Cate Blanchett's performance which earned her an Academy Award nomination. I thought she was a diamond in the rough in the first film as she stood out as the one item of quality amidst a smorgasbord of trash. Here, she seems to have lost it as the film asks her to rely too much on the manic intensity and anger of the character while never allowing her a chance to explore Elizabeth's inner psyche or her reasoning for her sometimes psychotic actions. Many of the flaws of her performance are the fault of movie as she is never allowed to show any range but nevertheless Blanchett is unable to carry the movie and lift it above being a hot mess. Much like the first film this movie also enjoys display copious amounts of unnecessary gratuitous violence and sex. We see the first during Mary's execution, her inclusion leads to an underdeveloped subplot, and the second during the first sexual encounter between Raleigh and Throckmorton which leads to her "Being with child." In 1998 critics may have let this pass with Roger Ebert referring to the movie as an "Exciting thriller" but in 2007 with far more thoughtful, intelligent period dramas out there, Atonement (2007) for example, this appeared cheap and trashy. This is not a film I would recommend watching as despite the splendor of the production values the content of the film will leave you extremely bored.

    I was not a fan of Elizabeth (1998) so I can't say that I went into this film with high hopes but having seen the wonderful Becket (1964) last night I thought that with the right screenplay this movie could have at least been entertaining. Sadly this film is not based on an acclaimed Jean Anoulih play but the musings of the writer behind Nell (1994), an insufferable piece of claptrap. The dialogue is not only ridiculous but devoid of any wit or meaning and we are left wondering, if Queen Elizabeth I was this lacking in intellect how was she so successful? This film provides you with no understanding of who the central character was, doesn't inform you about how history has shaped British society and crucially, it does not entertain. Queen Elizabeth II, Cate Blanchett, is under attack as the Spanish Armada try to take her down while there are calls from the Catholic population to have her dethroned and murdered in favor of Mary, Queen of Scots, Samantha Morton. She falls in love with Walter Raleigh, Clive Owen, but his affections stray to her ‘favorite' Bess Throckmorton, Abbie Morton, an attraction the two struggle to hide from the domineering Queen. After realizing that Raleigh and Throckmorton have married and Throckmorton is pregnant she returns to being the virgin queen and pledges her commitment to her people as she defeats the Spanish and has Mary murdered. She leads her country through what will be a golden age for them. Raleigh is essentially a replacement for Robert Dudley, Joseph Fiennes, from Elizabeth as we watch our heroine follow the exact same path she traveled in the first film, making the same mistakes and ending up in the same place. Here the drama is meant to be heightened because this time the woman that Raleigh is unfaithful with is a friend of Elizabeth's but because we know so little about Throckmorton it is hard to care. We understand that she is Elizabeth's most beloved lady in waiting and see them giggling together as they discuss men and womanly problems but there was never a moment where I thought that Elizabeth would be seriously hurt by a betrayal. Her interest in Raleigh is similarly driven by lust and not serious romantic feelings therefore the loss of him should be not devastating. Having seen her go through all of this before it is hard to get invested in her journey as we know that she will end up turning away men in favor of leading her country and affirming her desire to be a leader not a lover. The period detail is all fine as the costumes and the locations are expectedly beautiful and hopefully accurate but behind all of this flash there is little substance. The most acclaimed element of the film was Cate Blanchett's performance which earned her an Academy Award nomination. I thought she was a diamond in the rough in the first film as she stood out as the one item of quality amidst a smorgasbord of trash. Here, she seems to have lost it as the film asks her to rely too much on the manic intensity and anger of the character while never allowing her a chance to explore Elizabeth's inner psyche or her reasoning for her sometimes psychotic actions. Many of the flaws of her performance are the fault of movie as she is never allowed to show any range but nevertheless Blanchett is unable to carry the movie and lift it above being a hot mess. Much like the first film this movie also enjoys display copious amounts of unnecessary gratuitous violence and sex. We see the first during Mary's execution, her inclusion leads to an underdeveloped subplot, and the second during the first sexual encounter between Raleigh and Throckmorton which leads to her "Being with child." In 1998 critics may have let this pass with Roger Ebert referring to the movie as an "Exciting thriller" but in 2007 with far more thoughtful, intelligent period dramas out there, Atonement (2007) for example, this appeared cheap and trashy. This is not a film I would recommend watching as despite the splendor of the production values the content of the film will leave you extremely bored.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    No sólo es mala y aburrida sino que está plagada de errores historicos

    No sólo es mala y aburrida sino que está plagada de errores historicos