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Elizabeth the Goldenage is a movie based on the life of Queen Elizabeth. This movie was released in October of 2007 and ran for 114 minutes. Elizabeth was rated PG 13 because of the violence and a little nudity. There is a beheading in this movie as well as some scenes that show torturing. The movie is listed as a Biography and drama. I can understand it being classified as a dram because it is however, there are some historic errors in the movie.
This movie is telling the story of the Virgin Queen and the Spanish war. It seems that the Spaniards did not like Elizabeth being Queen of England because she was not a Catholic. In this tale Mary Stuart is the preferred Queen of England by Spain. Spain will conspire to return Mary Stuart to the throne but in the end will fail. Elizabeth is a very strong Queen and lets nothing get in her way of ruling her people fairly. She refuses to make all her subject choose her religion but allows them to worship as they see fit. This Queen will go on the battlefield and lead her people during the battle with Spain personally. This gallant woman refuses to stay locked in her castle when her people are dyeing for her. She will release all prisoners so that the can either fight or flee she will ask nothing of them.
Cate Blanchett plays Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabeth refused to marry because she wants to do the best she can for her people and for some reason she feels she can not do that and be married. She is called the Virgin Queen by many. Elizabeth is loved by her people for many years. However, the actress that plays Elizabeth is very young and lovely the actual Queen Elizabeth was not very lovely and she was 55 years old at the time of the Spanish war. In this movie you will see Elizabeth show a little bit of a spoiled child attitude. You know the one where you stomp your feet and throw things because you are not getting your way.
Elize McCave plays Elizabeth Throckmorton the Queen Lady in Waiting or Lady of the court which ever you prefer both terms were used at this time. Because of her name being the same as the Queen she is called Bess. Bess is a very lovely young woman with a great personality and she is the close confidant of the Queen. Well she is throughout most of the movie. There will be a conflict between her and the Queen near the end. According to the law of England Ladies in Waiting must have to permission of the Queen to get married as well as have children.
Samantha Morton plays Mary Stuart Queen of Scots. In this movie Mary is imprisoned in a very lovely house with her Ladies in Waiting. She is still treated like royalty even though she was confined behind the castles walls. She is not to get letters in or out unless they are read by the guards first. Mary will try to conspire with the King of Spain to have Queen Elizabeth murdered. Elizabeth will meet Sir Walter Raleigh and find him a refreshing change from the men at court. She will find that he speaks his mind at all times and doesn't try to flatter her extensively.
Geoffrey Rush plays Sir Francis Walsingham the Queen right hand. This man watched over the Queen's affairs very carefully to make sure she was safe. This man was her oldest friend as well.
Clive Owen plays Sir Walter Raleigh who comes from the new colonies to see the Queen. He named the new Island Virginia in honor of the Virgin Queen. He came with gifts as well as gold he took from a Spanish ship that could not make it's journey any longer. He becomes a very good friend of the Queen and they go riding together as well as have many private talks together. Raleigh is very honest with the Queen about all subjects. He finds Elizabeth to be a very strong woman and one who puts her people's concerns above her own all the time.
These are just some of the Characters you will meet in this movie. However, I guarantee you will remember these few the most. Bess is very lovely and very caring and the Queen is like no other monarch you will every read or enjoy a movie about.
I would recommend this movie for all to watch. I did not find any thing in this movie too offensive that a child could not watch. Yes there is a beheading but it is not bloody at all. The sea battle is very well done. There is not a lot of hightec special effects, however, what they do have is well done. This is a drama that will hold your attention and a story well told. Enjoy the movie for what it is a very entertaining story and not a true biography.
The costumes in this movie are very lovely. The Queen's gowns are on false figures to keep them nice. The gowns are all well done. I also liked to see the different hair styles of the Queen as well, which most turned out to be wigs.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older