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Elizabeth The Golden Age
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Mar 14, 2008 By: Sturdy
Elizabeth The Golden Age order
Director:
Shekhar Kapur

Actors:
Cate Blanchett
Geoffrey Rush
Clive Owen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Queen Elizabeth is now comfortable in her position as Queen of England, but must now deal with a new threat. As relations with Spain become more and more heated, her own chances for love become near impossible.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was a huge fan of the first ELIZABETH, so I was looking forward to the sequel. Of course, I never would have thought thered be a sequel to a period piece of this nature but theyll make sequels to anything these days. Im not complaining, I just found it an odd choice. However, Cate Blanchetts Elizabeth is one of the best performances ever by an actress and it was great to see her reprise her role.

Although flawed at times, GOLDEN AGE proved to be a worthy successor to the original. The film seemed a little spastic at times as if it didnt know which direction it wanted to go. There are two congruent storylines in the film, one featuring the Queen and Sir Walter Raleigh and the other focusing on Englands relationship with Spain. The movie tends to struggle going between the two storylines and neither seems as explored as I would have liked.

As much as I like Clive Owen, his casting here was a little strange. He did a decent job, but his character didnt seem to fit in with the storyline. There were a lot of mixed emotions and signals from the love triangle and at one point, I even thought Shekhar Kapur was hinting at a homosexual affair between Elizabeth and Beth. The relationship arcs were convoluted and even confusing at times. The war storyline was a little bit better, but without prior historical knowledge, I think some moviegoers will be lost. We needed more supporting logic for why Spain was determined to invade England rather than just passing it all off on religion.

There were a lot of undertones and deeper meaning in the film than what I was expecting. I think Kapur was trying to make too many political statements about sex, politics and religion and that may have affected his film too much. Although I enjoyed the film and absolutely loved Blanchett, I think it could have been more if Shekhar Kapur had taken more care with the story.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Shekhar Kapur: He actually addresses a lot of the complaints I mentioned in my review. He gives a good, detailed commentary and covers just about everything in the film. He also knows his history and compares the film to actual events, even pointing out liberties he took with the film and why he took them.

The Reign Continues (11:22): Theres a little too much Blanchett praising, but shes such a great actress that its ok. They compared and contrasted this one to the first, which I enjoyed. Theyre similar films, but there are some distinct differences in the tone. Overall, this was a decent featurette.

Inside Elizabeths World (7:25): This featurette was brought to you by Volkswagen, which completely pisses me off. Theres no reason to have a sponsor for a DVD featurette. As you may have guessed, this is a fluff piece with several movie scenes and some interviews with the cast and crew.

Commanding the Winds: Creating the Armada (12:04): It starts out with some neat artwork and then goes right into the process of making the ships. Of course, most of the ships are CGI, but they really made one ship even though it never touched water. This was moderately interesting, especially if youre interested in how they make props.

Towers, Courts and Cathedrals (10:44): Obviously, this is a close look at the settings in the film and how they compared to the first film. There wasnt anything too interesting and featured a lot of people gushing about how great the sets were.

Deleted Scenes (8:49): Of the 9 scenes, only two featured Blanchett. The most notable scene featured the severed head of Mary Queen of Scotts. I really anticipated seeing this in the film, but after watching the scene, Im glad they cut it out. Other than that, none of the scenes made an impact.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you liked the first one, youll probably enjoy the second. It does have its problems, but with another amazing Blanchett performance, this film has enough to entertain most filmgoers.
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