Mesmerising & Electric!!!This is "THE" best Elizabeth by far,and such good value for your money!!,
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This review is from: Elizabeth I [DVD] (DVD)
What a film,what a film!!
Wonderful acting by an actress who is top of the league,namely Helen Mirren.Then we have the man who for me made this film so powerful,so strong,so memorable.His name?? Jeremy Irons of course.This has to be one of his all time greats in his illustrious career.
Elizabeth and Leicester,the beautiful romance that carries on through the ensuing centuries.Their devotion to each other throughout the first half was sheer electricity ~~ his jealousy,her tantrums,his banishment from court for 7 years,and then the wonderful scene of his re-instatement,the love that could not be broken.
I loved the part played by the Duke of Anjou.We were expecting an ugly old man,bent and twisted,and,then voila! "What did we see!" but a handsome virile man in his prime who captivated Elizabeth and broke old Leicesters heart.But, as with all loves in Elizabeths life,marriage was not to be alas,as she waved him adieu from an awe inspiring scenery of how London and the Thames must have looked at that time.
We must not forget the Scottish Queen,Mary ~~ the perennial thorn in Elizabeths side.How sad to see this devoutly Catholic Queen,despised by all,including her son James the 1st.Then the scene of Mary being decapitated.Dreadful,truly dreadful,especially when the axeman missed her neck and plunged the axe blade into poor Mary's skull instead.
There was also plenty of Tudor brutality too,as we see men hung,drawn and quartered in the most gruesome way imagineable.The crowds apparently enjoying this awful spectacle.
If you love Elizabethan history then this is a must.The background music is just right,absolutely perfect.It has the elevation of choral Cathedral music,down to heart rending,tenderness with violin strings of sorrow.
I always say,a good film is exactly like a good book.You can watch it over and over again and yet,you never tire of it.
A film to treasure.