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Queen Elizabeth I is facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada--determined to restore England to Catholicism.
Thriller - Like the first film, this is a historical costume drama that is a bit
more fast-paced and accessible to general audiences than the norm.
This is also once again a great showcase for star Cate Blanchett.
There is a fair amount of violent content.
PROFANITY: Some miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: Brief nonsexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings, stabbings with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Gunplay and ship battles. COMEDY: A rare comic line here and there.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average In short, this is an adequate follow-up to the critically lauded Elizabeth and will satisfy (if not overjoy) some fans of the genre, but it does not top its predecessor...
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average 'Elizabeth, the Golden Age' is weighed down by its splendor. 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.
USA TodayFull Review Average 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 88 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:A little better than half the males really enjoyed this movie and all the rest rated it as average, which is good. About three-quarters of the females truly enjoyed "Elizabeth." Unfortunately, the remaining quarter only rated it as "Fair," which equals below average. Certainly recommended, but not strongly.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS from both males and females! Only a small percentage rated it somewhat low. Your probability of enjoying this movie is very high. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
It is 1585 and, having reigned over England for nearly three decades, Queen
Elizabeth I (CATE BLANCHETT) continues to face bloodlust for her throne and the lingering threat
of familial betrayal. A channel away, a destructive wind of fundamentalist Catholicism
blows across 16th century Europe, with Spain's Philip II (JORDI MOLLA), its figurehead. Backed by the Church in Rome and armed with the Inquisition,
Philip—with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada—presents an imminent
threat to Queen and Country…the dark and pious king is determined to wrest the
Protestant "heretic" from the throne and restore England to the glory that is the Roman
Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth also struggles to balance
ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her love for Raleigh—despite his
status as a commoner—who remains forbidden for a Queen sworn body and soul to her
country. Unable and unwilling to pursue her passion, Elizabeth encourages her favored
lady-in-waiting, Bess (ABBIE CORNISH), to befriend
Raleigh and keep him near.
But such a strategy places Elizabeth at the center of their courtship, where she has
no choice but to observe their growing intimacy. In the dashing and adventurous
Raleigh, she sees not only an intellectual and spirited equal, but also a clarion of lands
beyond, the unexplored globe, infinite…freedom. By electing Bess to take her place, she
is ultimately forced to make the anguishing choice between being a woman and being a
And as she charts her course abroad, Elizabeth's trusted advisor, Sir Francis
Walsingham (GEOFFREY RUSH), continues his masterful puppetry of her court at home—and her
campaign to solidify absolute power. Through an intricate spy network, Walsingham
uncovers an assassination plot that could topple the throne. But as he unmasks traitors
that may include Elizabeth's own cousin Mary Stuart (SAMANTHA MORTON), he unknowingly sets England on a course of