Elizabeth - The Golden Age (Widescreen Edition)
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Academy Award? winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush join Academy Award? nominee Clive Owen in a gripping historical thriller full of suspense intrigue and adventure!When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army she and her shrewd advisor must act to safeguard to the lives of her people. But when a dashing seafarer Walter Raleigh captures her heart she is forced to make her most tragic sacrifice for the good of her country.Elizabeth: The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of one woman's crusade to control her love destroy her enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world.System Requirements:Running Time: 115 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/HISTORICAL EPIC Rating: PG-13 UPC: 025193333223 Manufacturer No: 61033332

In 1998's Elizabeth, Shekhar Kapur added a layer of suds to his history lesson; the director follows the same audience-pleasing recipe in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Since the first film, Blanchett scored an Oscar for her note-perfect rendition of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, and she plays the preternaturally bemused monarch in a similar fashion. By 1585, Elizabeth I is an experienced ruler about to face two of her biggest challenges: betrayal by her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart (Control's Samantha Morton), and invasion by the Spanish Armada. It isn't so much that the Protestant Elizabeth wishes to rid England of "papists," but that she wants her country to remain free from foreign domination. Closer to her home, she enjoys a sisterly relationship with lady-in-waiting Bess (rising Aussie star Abbie Cornish). That changes when Sir Walter Raleigh (a dashing Clive Owen) hits the scene. In order to continue exploring the New World, he seeks the queen's sponsorship. She is charmed, but Raleigh only has eyes for Bess. As in the previous picture, Elizabeth enjoys better luck at affairs of state than affairs of the heart, but the conclusion is more beatific than before (and Kapur intends a third installment if Blanchett is willing). Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a rush of royal intrigue, bloody torture, fantastic headpieces, and irresistibly ripe dialogue, like "I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare if you dare to try me!" To Kapur, victory for the Virgin Queen was a viable alternative to sex. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Customer Reviews:

  • Poor history, nice visuals
    Costumes were beautiful, Blanchett was worth watching most of the time & other actors were pretty decent, but the history sucked and for such a strong female character, they sure made her look petty & idiotic at times. Also, why do so many movies turn Spain into the evil character? The portrayal of King Phillip was pretty absurd & really made the movie laughable. (the movie Amistad really used Spain as a scapegoat, too, when England did it's fair share in the slave trade.) Elizabeth I had a lot more to her life, boiling it down to just a bad romance is a pretty big disservice....more info
  • An inferior sequel
    Conflict between Protestants and Catholics flares as Philip II (Jordi Molla) of Spain plots the assassination of Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) and the invasion of England. Meanwhile, on the home front, a romantic triangle heats up between Elizabeth, her favorite handmaiden Bess (Abbie Cornish), and Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).

    No doubt the first Elizabeth film took its share of liberties with historical fact, but at least it was a serious examination of how a powerful and resourceful woman came to power, maintained her position, and the price she paid for it. This sequel is a combination of soap opera and Errol Flynn-type swashbuckler, peopled by one-dimensional characters.

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  • Childless Bastard but a Mother to Her People
    Elizabeth I is considered by many to be among the most significant and fascinating monarchs to ever walk the earth. She is also regarded as among the most beloved as well. To create a lush and dramatic series of films about her long and storied rule is by no means unexpected, nor is it very original as the amount of on-screen interpretations of Elizabeth directly reflects the fascination we have in pondering the meaning of her reign. Elizabeth: The Golden Age is Shekhar Kapur's sequel to Elizabeth, a film that introduced us to the famous queen and showed us the first part of her reign. It's funny, I've been watching Showtime's the The Tudors and the most recent episodes have shown us Elizabeth's birth and even a little bit about Mary I, the queen that proceeded her and the daughter of Catherine of Aragon . Given the nature of the hedonistic protagonists Anne Bolyn and King Henry VIII on that show and its positive portrayal of victimized Catholics such as Saint Thomas More, it was quite refreshing to see the Catholic Church in the interrogation room once again, perhaps where it belongs. Anyway, the significance in the quasi-history portrayed on both this film and that show compliment each other quite nicely as Spain during the second half of Elizabeth's rule was an absolute god-fearing behemoth and a force to be reckoned with. Some people have said this film is Anti-Catholic but really, these are the days of the inquisition we're watching. It might be a task to stay balanced.

    Elizabeth is fundamentally very easy to sympathize with, after all it isn't really her fault her father was a pervert and her mother his mistress. Nevertheless, Cate Blanchett has so much range that her performance quietly shows us her less obvious flaws. I'm convinced that no other actress could portray this queen in a way that justifies her reputation. The cast is actually great even beyond her though, which is not unlike the first film. Walter Raleigh is played by Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush is Francis Walsingham and Mary, Queen of Scots is played with great villainy by Samantha Morton. The film follows the Battle of Gravelines in the Anglo-Spanish War as it's primary battle scene but most of the film is focused on the amazing costumes, music, and sets. It also ponders Elizabeth's interpersonal relationships.

    There are massive historical inaccuracies that are for the most part done to heighten drama but some are pretty inexplicable (where the hell was Robert Cecil?). I guess the inaccuracies would be inconsequential if I didn't also believe that 99% of the audience would see The Golden Age as their only reference to the virgin queen. I'm not so sure I can forgive that but I know many viewers will. Elizabeth's famous speech to the troops at Tilbury before the invasion of the Spanish Armada is widely documented but for those who don't know it is regarded as fact, the scene comes off as derivative of just about every Hollywood epic period film made in the last twenty years. Blanchett is not at fault but her plate armor and lack of femininity in the way the scene is directed actually brought back the long forgotten memories of Milla Jovovich's speech as Joan of Arc in the pathetically amateur Luc Besson film The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. That isn't to say The Golden Age is as bad a film, it is not. It captures the magic expected of a portrayal of this leader in flashes but misses the opportunity to capture her most significant speech. They actually blew it.

    Anyway, very good looking film with some really great acting, but take heed; the history buffs might take issue with the accuracy, while the movie buffs might mistakenly walk out thinking they've learned something. I'd like to consider myself a little bit of both so consider this a mixed review leaning toward a partial recommendation for the visuals and performances. ...more info
  • Marvelous
    A fine continuation of the first. Sumptuous production, well directed and acted. Elizabeth had many roles to fill. Cate Blanchett brings off the disjunctions masterfully and with amazing imagination. Geoffrey Rush is subtle and surprizing. Elizabeth and Walsingham, Walter Raleigh and Henry IV of Spain!--there are few more fascinating characters.

    I could find nothing wrong with the story. I did a little research after watching and found that it is pretty close to truth. Elizabeth did, for example, send Raleigh to the tower out of jealousy. The defeat of the Spanish Armada had a lot to do with the inexperience of the Spanish command, but then, it was miraculous too. I enjoy the ideas at play, the tensions between renown and isolation, authority and individuality, reason and coercion, between open and closed societies. This is a script with some substance.

    It is a dramatized episodic biography. It is similar in form to movies like "Ghandi" and "Laurence of Arabia". This series has similar appropriate sorts of pay off.

    We're looking forward to a third. Seem to have heard something about that....more info
    I dont know, I just didnt feel this movie, I liked the first one, but in this one Blanchette is a real Bit#h, and it gets old. Clive Owen is game as Sir Walter, but he and Blanchette dont really have much chemistry, and his supposed chivilry sort of falls flat. One thing is constant in both of the Elizabeth films and that is that Geoffrey Rush is fantastic as Walsingham, he is riviting everytime he enters the frame. This is beautiful film to look at, the imagery is amazing, the cinematographer is fantastic, it's the pacing that is the problem, at times it felt like a history lesson and the scene toward the end were Elizabeth has her requisite Braveheart moment, I wanted to laugh, it just totally fell flat. Overall, im not sure id recommend this movie, but if you liked the first one, you might be cool with this one, and I understand they are making a third installment, so I suppose you would have to watch it, in order to understand the context of the third film. Pretty film, but not really a good film....more info
  • Phenomenal! Should Have Won Best Picture!
    I had to catch this one on HBO as it was in and out of the theatres too quick for me to see it there and this is one to see on the BIG screen!

    I can't believe Elizabeth:The Golden Age did not win best picture. The logistics of the movie must have been a nightmare what with the sets, costumes, wigs, makeup, cinematography,production design,etc.

    I like this director's work. He uses the "God view" camera-work, we see the characters by hovering over their heads in many shots. I didn't find this distracting, quite the contrary, it was hypnotic, as was the "artsy" lighting and camera of whizzing around a holy looking Elizabeth.

    I don't know if anyone noticed the possibility that Elizabeth was a lesbian or bi-sexual. She seemed to have a very close relationship with the stunningly gorgeous Bess played by Abbie Cornish whom I'd never seen before. I'm straight, but, omigod, if a pale yellow perfect rosebud could be transformed into a human face, it would be hers! Her face is so beautiful pure and innocent, she'll make you weep. Elizabeth seemed sexually torn between Beth and Raleigh which made it pretty interesting.

    The costumes, wigs, makeup, sets, cinematography, and especially the bold music score was a feast! It makes me sick that No Country For Old Men beat this one out at the Oscars! I have a feeling that there's a trilogy here, but if this one did not make a profit, I doubt if we'll get to see how it all turned out. Cate Blanchett OWNS this character!!! That gal just couldn't do any bad acting if she tried....more info
  • She is the best
    Magnificent, from the casting to the costuming. Cate Blanchett owns the Queen during this period!...more info
  • Stunning
    This movie begins in about 1585, when Elizabeth I is a bit more experienced with the debauchery that is surrounding her. She is about to face two of her biggest challenges: Mary Stuart and invasion by the Spanish Armada. Elizabeth is determined to keep the Papists away and keep her beloved England free from foreign domination.

    In walks the adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh, which does turn Elizabeth's head. He wants to continue exploring the new world, but needs the Queen's sponsorship. Unfortunately, her romantic dreams of him don't quite work out. But she does get Virginia named after her.

    This is a stunningly beautiful movie. I'm not fully versed in British history, but this beautiful movie had me riveted from beginning to end. The scenery, the wardrobe and the dialogue. It is definitely something to see. That is if you aren't too squeamish about that whole beheading thing.

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  • Childish, and peppered with thinly-veiled racism...
    To begin with, Kate Blanchett is good, no matter what you put her in. But then there is the matter of the director, Shekhar Kapur. This Pakistani born, managed to paint Spaniards in a cartoonish depiction, whereby their walk and mannerisms are equated to The Planet of the Apes. They used several actors who don't even look like Spaniards, and who can't even speak the language! The accents are completely ridiculous. As is typical of right-wing financed films, they got a director of color to push their agenda. It is expected of Hollywood to rewrite history, and paint Spaniards as animals, but this one goes over the top, to the point that it is obvious and laughable. YOU BE THE JUDGE. It is understandable that it must be central to the film to portray Protestantism as "the light" and Catholicism as brutal dogmatism, if you are to paint Elizabeth as the hero that she was. But there are ways of doing it tastefully and with historical accuracy, none of which are present in this film. It is obvious that it isn't for a mature, educated audience, but rather one more of the new wave of light and fluffy period films for a new breed of morons who know nothing about history, and who are easily manipulated and polarized by the new wave of hatred-filled propaganda in the U.S. and England. In a sense, the Neo-Conservatives behind this film, in an attempt to discredit Spaniards, actually made a portrayal of themselves, because THEY are the anachronistic imbeciles that humanity is desperately trying to get rid of. How's THAT for irony?...more info
  • Wonderful addition
    For those of you who have purchased Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett this will be a wonderful addition to your library. Many new faces and Clive Owen does a fantastic job as Sir Walter Raleigh. A must-own for any Anglofile. ...more info
    The follow-up film to 1998's "Elizabeth," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" continues the story of Elizabeth I, played by Cate Blanchett, who reprises her role from the previous film. The film deals with the Virgin Queen's relationship with Sir Walter Raleigh, while King Philip II of Spain amasses a massive armada to destroy Elizabeth, and replace her on the throne with Mary, Queen of Scots.
    While the film does take dramatic license with historical events, it is a moving, powerful portrayal of the life and times of Elizabeth I. Blanchett is once again fantastic as Elizabeth, while Clive Owen is great as Raleigh. Samantha Morton (Mary), Geoffrey Rush (Walsingham) and Jordi Moll¨¤ (Philip II) give strong supporting performances. While the story itself is a bit slow during the first half, it picks up in the second half, with fantastic visual effects and action creating a powerful reenactment of the fight with the Spanish Armada off the British Coast.
    If you enjoyed the original "Elizabeth," then you will find equal enjoyment out of "The Golden Age." But if you haven't seen the first film, you'll be sure to enjoy this film all the same.
    Movie/DVD Grade: B+ ...more info
  • Horrid
    In retrospect, the only good things about this film were a) we saw it in a spanking new theater, b) aside from me and my wife, there was only an elderly couple in the 100+ seat theater, which allowed me to fart freely, without distracting sneers from those I might offend with bowel scents, and c) it was stadium seating, which meant I could rest my feet up. Other than that, this film was the Al Pacino Scarface, sans drugs and bad Cuban accents but plus gaudy costumes: i.e.- bad, but highly mockable. Can I recommend such a melodrama? I don't know, I really don't- unless shadow puppeteering is your bag. Move over, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, here comes Lousy Liz and the Spanish Armada!...more info
  • Completely Inaccurate. More Hollywood than History
    This was awful! The only redeeming value to this mess was the visuals. The costumes and sets look nice, but that's it! This movie was COMPLETELY inaccurate! It completely cuts Robert Dudley out of the story, even though he didn't die until after the battle with the armada. Where was Francis Drake? He harried the Spaniards more than Raleigh ever did and he's missing from the story as well (he also circumnavigated the globe, which made him a national hero). And the Spaniards weren't intercepting Mary Queen of Scots letters at all, Walsingham was too clever for that. Is it so much to ask that movies like this acutaully have some semblence of truth to them? ...more info
  • She should of won the Oscar for this movie

    This moive has been very enjoyable, I could not believe she did not win the oscar for this role. She played a powerful queen and like all her movies this fit her to the tee. All the other actors in this movie also great acting ability. I give this 5 stars...more info
  • Elizabeth's Golden Age
    I really didn't hear any buzz about this one and I wish I had. I rented and will probably buy it. It is one of the best historical dramas that I have seen. Beautifully filmed with great acting and costumes. Many movies have shown bits and pieces of Elizabeth before with Betty Davis being one of the best, but this rivals even her magnificent classic version. I highly recommend you catch this visual treat with substance. The movie centers on Protestant Elizabeth dealing with the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. His Inquisition is sweeping Europe and threatens the freedoms of all, including the English. Spain plots war with the assistance of the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots. Some magnifcent scenes including the battle in the English Channel with the Spanish Armada make it a feast for the eyes. The acting is quite good though so we never feel as though this is just eye candy. Fans of the movies "Apocalypto" and "Elizabeth" should see it. Excellent DVD with good replaybility....more info
  • Not a disaster but less than commanding
    At once more ambitious and less intriguing than its predecessor, Elizabeth: The Golden Age certainly isn't the abject disaster reviewers claimed on its theatrical release, although it's not nearly as engrossing as the original. Unfortunately, while Shekhar Kapur opens up the action and opts for a much lighter palate this time round, with at least a trailer's worth of striking visuals, the results are not particularly compelling. By focusing on the best-known part of the Virgin Queen's reign there's less of the constant sense of danger that marked its predecessor even though it amps up the threat by pitting her not against her own court but the might of the Spanish Empire and its Armada. Yet, being a sequel, it adheres to the `the same but different,' and there's certainly a strong element of d¨¦j¨¤ vu: the dastardly Catholics are still plotting her death, with Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton taking on the Daniel Craig and Fanny Ardant roles of Jesuit hitman and conspiring Scottish queen. And, as before, history isn't well served, with the film offering the notion that Philip of Spain conspired to force Elizabeth to execute Mary Queen of Scots to give him an excuse for a holy war.

    The script certainly could have been better, running down rather than gaining momentum as the Armada approaches and dropping the ball in many of the obvious slamdunks. Certainly if you're going to omit Elizabeth's famous "I may have the body of a weak and foolish woman, but I have the heart of a king" you need to come up with something with more guts and bravado than the tired horseback speech she gives to rally her troops. Even worse, the Armada itself is something of an anti-climax. The almost painting-like CGi effects aren't as much a problem in a film as occasionally stylised as this as are the all-too obvious budget limitations that reduce it to the odd running commentary that makes it somewhat akin to listening to a football game on the radio.

    Performances are highly variable. Blanchett is suitably regal in the lead, with Geoffrey Rush and David Threlfall fare best among the courtiers, but Abbie Cornish makes little impression, Rhys Ifans just seems to be going through the motions and Samantha Morton is fairly awful as Mary. Both bland and risibly hammy at the same time, with her risibly overemphatic delivery she feels like a smug prefect in a school play playing up to the gallery rather than a credible conspiring monarch, giving easily the worst performance in the film even after the worst of her performance hit the cutting room floor. Yet the biggest surprise in the film is Clive Owen's Walter Raleigh.

    If at first it seems disastrous casting the zombie-like Owen as the representation of the life and love Elizabeth can never have, but, amazingly, for once he almost rises to the occasion. Like many a bad actor he's utterly hopeless in the moments that aren't about him, looking bored when he's supposed to be listening, displaying complete disinterest in his scenes with Abbie Cornish and sleepwalking through the battle with the Armada, but for once he handles his monologues - the best writing in the film - surprisingly well, even changing his expression a few times, though quite why he chooses to play his early scenes with a bad American accent remains a mystery. It's not a perfect performance (the deleted scenes on the DVD show that his flat delivery and lack of timing botched a gift of a scene with Rush), but for the first time there are signs that if he was willing to really put in the work and had a director who wouldn't mistake talking in a bored Coventry accent for a performance he could be a capable jobbing supporting actor.

    The 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is a bit disappointingly short on detail in some scenes, though there are a decent set of extras.
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  • Elizabethan History Buffs Unite
    If you are a fan of the first movie, this movie will not disappoint. Cate delivers a wonderful, performance of a queen who must fight her vanity and growing jealousy of those able to lead regular lives and a woman who serves as a mother to her country leading them to one of the most remarkable and important military victories (against Spain) in English history....more info
  • The 3 star folks capture it
    But boy what a shame. The splendid (no, unbelievable) costumes and glorious scenery do indeed disguise a limp story, with stale dialogue that sounds like Oprah. Clive Owen, while indeed handsome and dashing (though somehow without an Errol Flynn gleam in his eye) drops his innumerable bad lines as if they are hot bricks. Compare Elizabeth's way too Henryesque battle speech with Will's to see how flaccid this is. Not even poetry with a lower case p.

    Too many stories going on simultaneously, each of them plenty sufficient to drive the plot, means that the whole thing becomes a confused and wild mess. But the shame comes in the lost opportunities. The execution of Mary, one of the most bizarre and terrifying events in English history, is really untouched. (Maybe they wanted to keep the Elizabeth as guilty and torn and the Elizabeth unsullied by this.) But for a graphic and visually compelling film such as this, the site of her head dropping from the exectioner's hand would have been rather startling.

    And the love stuff, while maybe historically accurate (Raleigh did enjoy the queen's favor to a remarkable degree) just sunk this tale. We know she doesn't get the man, we also know she doesn't seem to want to. Showing her as an emotional and flighty female, while more in line with current sensibilities, just doesn't seem authentic. She was queen for a long time, and ruled with a resolve this script misses.

    Worth a watch. But not one for the ages. Nope--unlike Elizabeth, this is soon to be forgotten. ...more info
  • Nice to look at, boring to sit through
    The costumes and props in this movie were incredible. I enjoyed the first Elizabeth movie, so I thought I'd enjoy the sequel. And it starts off promising - but it quickly became tedious and boring. I'm a history buff, I love history movies. But I did not love this one. It had a good amount of historical inaccuracies, and the script was plodding. I let out a sigh of relief when it was over....more info
  • Boring
    Thats what I thought of this movie the end. Picture quality is very nice. Will work on an Xbox 360 HD DVD player....more info
  • Blanchett at her best
    A must if you love English History. A great presentation of a great queen. Highly detailed is its historical information, spectatacle and costume. ...more info
  • Breathtaking Scenery, Costumes & Human History Unfolding
    Not that adept in the history of all this (although it did force me back into a college history text to boneup) the TV trailers for this made for this watch.

    The acting is magnificent, with the costumes and sets and brilliance of the photography is eerie and captivating!

    The choice to keep the violent scenes as well as the sensual ones leaving much to the imagination is to be applauded. We all still got the point without all the details.

    Truly enjoyable and admirable for the courage and wisdom and love of country that this remarkable queen exhibited!...more info
  • Is Something Wrong With The DVD Transfer?
    This film has magnificent costumes and sets, but the DVD transfer looks substandard to me (regular DVD). Much of the film looks grainy - certain scenes have a yellowish tint to them - other scenes look faded. WHAT is wrong? Universal needs to establish better quality control! There is no excuse for a major new film release on DVD looking this mediocre. The last DVD I watched that looked this bad was the first release of "The Last Emperor"....more info
  • One shouldn't always believe reviews!
    I avoided watching this movie, for some time, because I fell prey to reviews that indicated this movie as a disappointment. And shame on me for allowing myself to be swayed in that manner!

    I found this movie to be exceptionally well done - and people need to take a little harder look at HOW the filming was done - how Elizabeth's clothing is brighter and more colorful, to the grey/brown-dull colors for the majority of others. The point was HER - attention focused on her. That's what she expected and craved - demanded.

    The movie may not be dynamic - but folks, that's the way life was during that time. (At least this is more believable than the tragic "Tudor" series!)

    I, personally, hope there is a 3rd movie - let's see how they handle her (Elizabeth) when she was nearing the end of her reign and still very vain. ...more info
  • Blanchett Is Terrific!
    ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE may be somewhat historically incorrect, but it is still a fascinating, extremely entertaining epic motion picture.

    Why many of the nation's critics, aside from Cate Blanchett's superb performance, didn't like it, I have no idea. Either they have no idea what they're talking about, or I have absolutely no taste whatsoever. Indeed, there's no other possible explanation.

    Blanchett, who may very well be the finest actress working in films today, and Geoffrey Rush reprise the roles they first played in ELIZABETH (1998). This time out they're joined by Clive Owen, cast as Sir Walter Raleigh, and Samantha Morton as the doomed Mary Stuart.

    As in the earlier film, also directed by Shekhar Kapur, this picture is filled with of court intrigues, plus a plot by the Spanish Government and Mary Stuart to assassinate the Queen, all of which culminates with a huge sea battle and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

    On a more personal level, the movie deals with Elizabeth's romantic feelings toward Raleigh and her anger when she learns that he loves another.

    Rhys Ifans, Jordi Molla and Abbie Cornish co-star in this excellent historical thriller.

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  • I love this movie!
    This is a beautiful production, and of course, Cate is terrific. Clive Owen smolders as Sir Walter Raleigh, overall, a wonderfully entertaining movie....more info
  • Elizabeth I, The Virgin Queen
    Our fascination with British history continues as we watched the gorgeous sequel to Elizabeth I, "The Golden Years." Elizabeth I lived from September 7th, 1533 until March 24th, 1603. She was called "The Virgin Queen" and was the fifth and last person to reign from the Tudor dynasty.

    Elizabeth I, masterfully played by Cate Blanchett, is more moderate than her father. The movie continues to create great suspense as we learn more about the latter years of her reign. Her loyal aide Walsingham, played in grand style by Geoffrey Rush, continues to help the monarch to uncover every plot to destroy her reign and Elizabeth is able to check mate all attempts against her.

    The extra features provide interviews with the producer and we learn that Shekhar Kapur added amazing detail to provide authenticity as to the battle between England and Spain, and they build a ship that is half Armada, half British, then PC replicated, providing awesome battle scenes. The architecture and decorations of the time are exquisite, filming where construction is actually taking place, and dressing in period clothing all construction workers, so the reality is magnificent.

    In this film we see a monarch that is now experienced but confronting great challenges because her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart is after her throne and upon her death, Spain sees the opportunity to attack England under the disguise that she has executed an anointed queen. We see the relationship the queen has with Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Clive Owen, who brings unique gifts from the new discovered lands of Virginia, named in honor of the Queen. His masterful knowledge of the seas provides great insight to Elizabeth during the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

    One of the most spectacular scenes is where the Queen is on her horse, encouraging the people of England to fight to death if necessary to keep England free from foreign domination. As with the first installment, Elizabeth is simply superb, don't miss seeing this movie!
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  • Very Good Historical Fiction
    Cate Blanchette did an excellent job in continuing her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. The plot was well done, and the few inaccuracies (Sir Walter Raleigh instead of the pirate Drake) were small. There were some excellent portrayals by the supporting cast as well. Overall, well worth the time to watch!...more info
  • Beautiful Portrayal of Elizabeth I
    Picking up shortly after Elizabeth I left off the movie portrays the complicated life of one of England's greatest Monarchs. Elizabeth The Golden Age, shows us the balance which was required of Elizabeth, balancing the incredible tenacity and guts it took to rule England and her fears and longings for real love and security.

    Elizabeth's life is a story of overcoming the odds. Born second child of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, she was supposed the be the long awaited and promised son of the King, yet Henry's wishes for a son were dashed upon her birth. In the first movie we see the growth of her strength which Elizabeth must muster to survive, and in The Golden Age we see the strength come into full bloom, the strength she will need to overcome the looming Spanish evasion and the always present question of marriage and producing a male heir.

    Europe has become divided by Protestant and Catholic, and Elizabeth's own country and family has fallen along divided lines as well. Queen Mary of Scotland sits to the north imprisoned by Elizabeth, but Mary possesses something that Elizabeth does not have, the backing of Catholic Spain and France. For Elizabeth it is only a matter of time until she will be called upon to do something about the looming threat of Mary. When that time comes we find Elizabeth torn between what must be done to a trader and the rights of a sovereign Queen like herself.

    It is this decision which leads to the climax of the movie. Mary is favored by Spain and with the outcome of Mary's fate, Spain steps into action to crush the Protestant [...] Elizabeth. Elizabeth faced with an impeding invasion of the Spanish steps forward to encourage her countrymen in the battle and protect her beloved England.

    However The Golden Age is not solely about the battles between countries but the battles of the heart. Elizabeth although known as the Virgin Queen is not without the need of love and passion. Yet Elizabeth knows that this could pose as big a threat to her and her country as the Spanish and French.

    This film is truly a feast for the eyes - incredible costumes and sets are only the beginning. I would recommend that one watch The Golden Age after first viewing Elizabeth I. It will assist in knowing where Elizabeth has been and the amount of growth in Elizabeth is amazing to watch. ...more info
  • Cate Blanchett is the definitive Elizabeth, and she proved it in the first film...
    "Elizabeth," the first film, was about a young woman coming to the throne in a period of great turmoil, and how she dealt with that... It was love in the context of power, betrayal, and survival...

    In "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," we're dealing with the most famous aspects of her regime, the Spanish Armada, the Babington Plot, which was a major plot against her, and Walter Raleigh bringing back the very early understanding of the New World, and the horizons beyond Britain... It is the exploration of unrestricted power...

    Elizabeth, as cultured and as intelligent and eloquent as she was, had never left the shores of England... And into her court, strides an explorer who has literally been where the maps end... The gallant Raleigh (Clive Owen) was a free spirit who thrills the queen with his tales and discoveries at sea ... The classic 16th-century adventurer who doesn't play by any official rules, and he does bring into the world of the court something very alluring, enigmatic and charismatic, which has a big impact on the queen...

    The relationship between Raleigh and Elizabeth was very complicated... There were things holding Elizabeth back... "We mortals have many weaknesses; we feel too much, hurt too much or too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love." These words were spoken by Sir Walter Raleigh to the Virgin Quenn...It's very rare that the Queen takes interest in a man, and she does...

    At this special point, England was very weak militarily... Elizabeth had discharged the navy... And once again it was the old problem of religious instability, which harasses the human race frequently...

    Anybody that's interested in this period of history will find it fascinating just how capable Elizabeth was in regards to how she dealt with the captive Queen of Scots...

    Mary Stuart (Samantha Morton) had great respect for the Protestant Elizabeth, and was remarkably intrigued by her, and desperate to meet her, and fascinated... For several years Elizabeth suffered about her execution because she really believed two things... She believed that any queen was divine... She accepted as true that her Catholic cousin was there by the will of God, and therefore, Mary was there by the will of God... And in executing Mary, she would disintegrate her one belief that she herself was divine...

    Mary found it in death... Elizabeth had to find it in life... So if you look at the Armada, Elizabeth finally does become divine, and that's why we had to admire how the scene of the Armada is shot, by Shekhar Kapur, in that way... It's not actually a fiery sea battle between two countries... It's a 'Holy War' with Spain... Therefore, the defining moments of the Armada is when Elizabeth walks up across the verdant cliffs in flowing white nightgown... She's no longer the Avenging Queen... She's instead a supernatural being, a disembodied soul defeating the enemy, dominating the fearless of the waves, the force of the storm, and the strength of fire...

    Dripping with intrigues, plots, battles, mysteries, and strong emotions, the film captured the ecclesiastical spaces of the cathedrals to look more like a palace environment... It also captured the feel of the16th century architecture, linking and matching it to the proper locations... ...more info