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  • Manufacturer reference: 5050582533057
  • ASIN: B0068VL0RC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K Holl on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
Cate Blanchett tackles this role with great aplomb and is undoubtedly one of the finest actresses of her generation; her Elizabeth is regal, strong willed but also vulnerable and charitable demonstrated in her relationship with Raleigh played by Clive Owen and her royal attendant. There aren't many testing roles for women in the movies and Cate Blanchett obviously relishes getting her teeth stuck into this role.

Much of the film deals with the troubles caused by Mary Queen of Scots and the diplomatic shananigans of the Spanish to try and get a Catholic monarch back on the English throne. The armada sequence at the end of the movie seems as though it has been tacked on and I think more should have been made of this as it ultimately came to define her successful reign.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 19 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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Shekhar Kapur returned to his favorite time period with this follow up to 1998's Elizabeth. While never quite matching the intrigue and historical drama of the first movie, this did deliver on Kapur's trademark visuals.

In 1998 Elizabeth lost out in the Oscar stakes to Shakespeare In Love. That romantic element that John Madden stirred up must have rubbed off on Kapur who injected a similar romantic overtone to Elizabeth's interaction with Clive Owen's Walter Raleigh. That for me along with some badly fictionalized historical events do detract from what is again a sumptuous looking movie full of wonderful shots and iconic imagery. From lofty overhead shots of Westminster Abbey to Blanchett's beautifully colorful costumes that include that armor and stunning horse from the poster that she makes look effortlessly patriotic.

That scene of Mary Queen Of Scots's beheading is utterly breathtaking and although Sam Morton gets little screen time here, she made the most of it with a memorable performance. These films although steeped in history are really all about religion. Catholic versus Protestant, Spain versus England, Phillip versus Elizabeth, its about as simple as that with some melodrama thrown in for effect. Owen's Raleigh does grate a little and is given much more credit in the defense of England than his historical character warranted. With the likes of Geoffrey Rush returning as Walsingham and small parts for the likes of Tom Hollander and Rhys Ifans, Kapur yet again has gathered some fine actors for this more lightweight sequel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Set some years into the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when religious war was still dividing Europe, this is a film that tries and succeeds to recapture the original magic of the excellent drama Elizabeth. Re-teaming Cate Balnchett as the Queen and Geoffrey Rush as Walsingham we are presented with an entertaining tale as the Spanish launch the Armada against England, backed by a convoluted plot involving Mary, Queen of Scots.

Cate Blanchett recreates the role of Elizabeth beautifully, giving us a character who is a strong ruler and yet still a real person, with a real persons needs and character flaws. Rush is once again superb as the Machiavellian Walsingham. Samantha Morton is a revelation as Mary, Queen of Scots, presenting a character full of dignity in a memorable performance. As well as the political intrigue, we are presented with another personal story for Elizabeth, showing how she deals with her feelings for Walter Raleigh and her jealousy as he goes off with someone else. It's a well scripted, acted and directed piece that manages to contrast the personal with the great threat to the country.

The Director has created a beautiful image of the Elizabethan age, as costume dramas go it is very very well done indeed. My only small gripe is the extent to which script writers and director have played fast and loose with historical accuracy - The names and the general underlying story are about right, but little else. Do not look here if you are searching for the real story of Elizabeth.

That aside, it is as enthralling a two hours of cinema as one could wish for, an adsorbing and entertaining film. Four stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ford Ka VINE VOICE on 22 May 2008
Format: HD DVD
Elizabeth is back and she is... well... 55... You wouldn't tell from the movie, would you? Bearing in mind that average life expectancy was below 30 in her times, she was positively ancient...
Well, you shouldn't be able to tell her age and generally too much knowledge of history will spoil the fun. When the movie started I decided to follow Coleridge's advice to "suspend my disbelief" and enjoyed it OK.
You don't get a lesson in history here (a very general but shouldn't you have known before about the Armada?) you get a picturesque vision of history and as such it works. Some twists made me smile. I found it quite amusing that all Roman Catholics look ugly and their behaviour is rather irrational. A comment to the ending - Elisabeth left England in debts (although not bankrupt as Philip did) and the quoted "age of prosperity" led directly to the Civil War half a century later.
Show it to your children - if it makes them interested in history, it's for the best. If they can remember only the date 1588 after the movie it's a sufficient reason to spend an evening together.
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