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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
114 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/12/07
performer:
Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush
director:
Shekhar Kapur
distributor:
Universal
author:
Michael Hirst, William Nicholson
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

While Elizabeth: The Golden Age earned Blanchett a spot in the record books as the first actress with two Oscar noms for the same character, Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth sequel lacks the tension and character of his 1998 original. The feminist monarch is shown as petty and flimsy; sinister Walsingham (Rush) is reduced to a nagging lackey. EXTRAS Though Owen (the dashing Walter Raleigh) praises Kapur’s ”epic perspectives” in a featurette, the director’s obtrusive camera work — Kapur calls it ”Shekharistic” in his commentary — fails to serve us or the queen. C-