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February 12, 2008

Elizabeth: The Golden Age - 4

Another film about Elizabeth I. This film is a sort of sequel that deals with Elizabeth's later life when Spain attacked in order to bring England back to the Catholic faith. Cate Blanchett again stars as Elizabeth. This film also ties in a love story between Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) and Elizabeth's main attendant (Abbie Cornish). I think the film is alluding to the tension and hardship Elizabeth had to go through as she was committed to staying single for the good of the country, even while longing for companionship and love. The film maybe a little over dramatic as it gets a little near Braveheart in Elizabeth giving a moving battle speech, and the romantic arch seems somewhat over sentimentalized. Those viewers with a fetish for old costumes, castles, and cathedrals will have plenty to satisfy them.

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