This morning my dear husband took me to see Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
The story is pretty interesting, though there are many historical inaccuracies. Time is compressed, relationships are changed, and so on. However, Cate Blanchett is just gorgeous in the title role. That woman’s a freaking brilliant actress. I’m pretty sure I could watch her read the phone book and she’d imbue it with something special. And her face is so very wonderfully expressive – the director makes great use of her face in quiet that is really quite lovely. Clive Owen is wickedly handsome. Geoffrey Rush is excellent, as always. Samantha Morton does interesting things with Mary Stuart – I don’t know that I’ve ever seen her in anything before but she’s got chops. The costumes and scenery and music are gorgeous.
All in all, I enjoyed the film and took it for what it was – a Hollywood look at a woman, not a historical record of events. I’d watch it again for the fabulousness that is Cate.
Two things of note related to the subject:
1. I Wikipedia-ed Sir Walter Raleigh to get a quick overview because I knew that there were some factual errors and ran into this little tidbit:
After Raleigh’s execution, his head was embalmed and presented to his wife. She carried it with her in a velvet bag until she died twenty-nine years later and it was returned to Raleigh’s tomb at St Margaret’s.
I mean, I like my husband a whole lot, and would be sad if he died. But carrying his head around in a bag for 29 years? That’s messed up.
2. Scarlett Johansson is slated to star in a film tracing the life of Mary Stuart (AKA Mary Queen of Scots). That might be interesting though I’m not sure how I feel with Scarlett in the lead. I guess The Other Boleyn Girl will tell us if she can do period work. I just don’t know that I see her as an imperious queen type.