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Elizabeth: The Golden Age

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Shekhar Kapur

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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35%
  • Reviews Counted: 164
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 106
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: From its extravagant costumes to its pompous score, The Golden Age is packed with distractions. But the biggest of all is the story itself, which works so mightily to tarnish the queen at its core. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Oct 20, 2007

Rotten: This is romantic fantasy, not history, and much of the time you fully expect Kapur, here making his third post-Bollywood feature, to turn his cast loose in song and dance. – Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: I can almost recommend this film as a great-looking, bombastic guilty pleasure. But the soundtrack is unbearable, the soap opera love triangle -- laughable. – Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Despite its title, Shekhar Kapur's new film resembles tarnished copper. – Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Cate Blanchett shines again

A flawless performence by Cate Blanchett makes this film more beautiful than it is. Breath taking costume design and cinematography. A MUST SEE

best movie ever!!!!

i love this movie you have to rent it!!!! you wont regret it!!! Why cant we buy it yet??!! it is so awsome!!!!

A Caricatural Movie: Elizabeth as a Pagan Goddess

I don't know what is the problem with some Brits who want to show the world how fantastic is the Celtic civilization all the time. I can't get no more of King Arthur tales, druids, new age, etc. Come on, Caesar and Claudius beat the hell out of them a long time ago. In this movie, they turned Elizabeth from a Protestant Queen into a Pagan Goddess. The whole movie is caricatural: the Spaniards are all ugly and look like mini Darth Vaders or Nazis. Of course, they represent the number one enemy of Celtic druidism, Christianity. The movie is so anti-Christian that it goes to the extreme of showing a crucifix in close-up slowly sinking to the bottom of the sea, while Elizabeth in a thin silk white dress stands as a witch or a goddess on the top of a cliff, seemingly commanding the storm that defeated the Spanish Armada. Also, the astrological predictions are totally correct, while the Catholic faith is seen as stupid. It is a pity that they turned a very interesting story into this caricature. Francis Bacon, a very interesting man, founder of secret societies, politician and diplomat, becomes a kind of grandpa to Elizabeth. You really wonder what the heck he is doing there, because he has no function in the story. Elizabeth is known to have been a witty politician with many lovers, in what could be a very interesting drama. However, she is played as a 12 year old naive girl, stealig a kiss from the fierce pirate. Mary Stuart is portrayed as a hysterical idiot. Blanchett thinks she is acting as the fairy Queen in the Lord of the Rings. I guess this is because the most famous image of Elizabeth is that painting where she looks ethereal and distant. But Blanchett is like that all the time. The director lost the chance of making a great film. I gave the movie two stars only because of the beautiful costumes and good production.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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