This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley. Written by
The Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston) doesn't actually do much in the film, despite being the principal villain. So, in order to create a sense of action for him, Shekhar Kapur chose to show him in motion as much as possible. See more »
The third Duke of Norfolk died the year the movie opens (1554) (four years before Mary died) the fourth Duke was only 18 years old, much younger than portrayed. Someone else acted in his offices until he was 21. See more »
To the North, I present Elizabeth, your undoubted Queen!
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A beautiful and intriguing film which captures the grace and barbarity of the era.
The acting is superb as is the choreography. A very da Vinci-like use of like and dark in comparing the young and innocent Elizabeth with the corrupt and conspiracy ridden "royal court". Very compelling and interesting as the new queen, who is thrust, almost against her wish, into power, learns the nature of the beast she must tame and then rule. It may not be a blockbuster of an event, but you just don't find this level of acting in Hollywood. Yet, taken as a whole, the story reminded me of the Godfather, yet it takes place some 450 years in the past.
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