Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

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  • underrated

    from Best Buy US on January 20, 2018

    a great sequel but not as good as the first but still a great movie. Cate Blanche does it again. Wonderful acting and story all around.

  • Great story!

    from Best Buy US on July 7, 2017

    Love this story telling of Elizabeth. Great time period movie. Great price.

  • Protector of England's Golden Age: Elizabeth I

    from Best Buy US on October 11, 2008

    This well-written and well-acted sequel to Elizabeth once again is a great tribute to one of history's greatest leaders. Through the film, we are made more aware of Elizabeth's sacrifices for her country, and her wisdom. In one scene, she remarks to her cabinet that her people will always be under her protection, and, on the eve of the Spanish Armada, commands her prisoners to be released because England is her country, too. Elizabeth is not perfect - she becomes outraged when she learns that her lady-in-waiting has married her beloved Sir Walter Raleigh, and has Raleigh imprisoned, but we later see her not only pardoning him, but blessing their son! Clive Owen is a very dashing Sir Walter Raleigh, but William Nicholson and Michael Hirst make a glaring historical error by portraying him as a pirate, as Raleigh's real life, as an explorer was spectacular enough without the irrelevant pirate element. Sir Francis Drake, and not Sir Walter Raleigh, was the privateer whom Elizabeth I knighted. Raleigh presents the Queen with Spanish gold, which I also believe may be historically inaccurate, as he fought the Irish, and not the Spanish, prior to the time at which the movie is set. Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as Elizabeth I's advisor and best friend Sir Francis Walsingham. While he is silent and enigmatic in the first movie, there is one scene where we see him at his happiest - at home with his wife and family, putting his courtly work aside while he truly enjoys his domestic life. Rush shows Walsingham maintain his courage and loyalty to his Queen and Country, even as his health fails and he dies a faithful servant and loving husband, father, and friend. Once again, Cate Blanchett amazes the audience in her creating a strong and very realistic Elizabeth. As in the previous movie, the costumes are magnificent, and the music and dancing are beautiful and historically accurate. Here, in the Spanish Armada scenes, we are treated to some of the best cinematography I have ever seen in a docudrama. One slight drawback to the movie is that I doubt very much that it stands alone, and, for optimal enjoyment and enrichment, I strongly recommend that the previous Elizabeth movie be seen first.

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