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article imageMovie Review: Cate Blanchett Owns The Screen In Elizabeth

By KJ Mullins     Oct 21, 2007 in Entertainment
"Elizabeth the Golden Age" is a most see movie if you are intrigued by history. The story of a remarkable Queen comes alive as Blanchett owns the screen throughout the movie.
Clive Owen is the perfect choice as Sir Walter Raleigh. Bess is played to perfection by Abbie Cornish. The two characters friendships dance throughout the movie. Helping to round out the character of the Virgin Queen the use of those closest to her allow the audience to understand more of the feelings of a woman who pretended that she was separated from those around her by a pane of glass.
Sir Francis Walsingham played by Geoffrey Rush balances the role of friend and advisor against his own family and betrayal.
Samantha Morton's portrayal of Mary Stuart was haunting. I personally think that her ending scene was one of the most graceful clips in film history.
To be honest the only character I was not so impressed with was Jordi Molla's King Phillip II of Spain. While he wasn't horrible I didn't feel any thing for the character. His role, while pivotal in the story was brief and in and out so quickly that there was little time to grasp much of his personality. Although the contrasting scenes during the battle with Phillip and Elizabeth were beautifully filmed.
The film used symbolism almost perfectly throughout although at one part the stark whiteness of the battle speech seemed to push it a bit for me.
All in all the movie rose to the occasion. It was undoubtedly be on the Oscar list for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
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