9 December 2013


Elizabeth 1998
  • Director: Shekhar Kapur
  • Based on book: no.
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Christopher Eccleston, Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardent, Kathy Burke, Emily Mortimer, John Gielgud, Eric Cantona, Vincent Cassel, Kelly McDonald, Kenny Doughty, Daniel Craig
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Cate Blanchett  Robin Hood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, Babel, Little Fish, The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Heaven, The Shipping News, The Gift, The Man Who Cried,
    • Geoffrey Rush – Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4, The King’s Speech, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Intolerable Cruelty, Ned Kelly, The Banger Sisters, Frida, Lantana, Shakespeare in Love, Les Miserables, Shine, Twelfth Night
    • Joseph Fiennes – Good-bye Bafana, The Darwin Awards, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare in Love,
    • Christopher Eccleston – Twenty-Eight Days Later, The Others, eXistenZ, Shallow Grave
    • Richard Attenborough – Hamlet, Jurassic Park, Dr. Doolittle, The Great Escape, Whistle Down the Wind
    • Fanny Ardent – Paris je t’aime, Ridicule
    • Kathy Burke – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Nil by Mouth, Absolutely Fabulous, Sid and Nancy
    • Emily Mortimer – Hugo, Shutter Island, Paris je t’aime, Dear Frankie, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Notting Hill
    • John Gielgud – Hamlet, Arthur and many others
    • Vincent Cassel – Black Swan, Derailed, Birthday Girl
    • Kelly McDomald – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II, No Country for Old Men, Nanny McPhee, Tristram Shandy, The Girl in the Café, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Finding Neverland, Gosford Park, My Life So Far, Trainspotting
    • Kenny Doughty - Titus
    • Daniel Craig – Defiance, Infamous, Road to Perdition (no, I have not seen the James Bond movies, but we just ordered the box…)
  • Why? Good cast. History
  • Seen: Three times. Now: December 8, 2013.

       Having recently read The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer, Hal and I were in the mood to take a trip of our own back to Elizabeth’s era.
       The film doesn’t exactly take us there, i.e. not to the England we would see. I don’t think they’d admit us commoners into their midst, these royal folks.
       Fortunately! I wouldn’t want to be a part of this gang. Clever Shakespeare to have survived all the intrigues and executions.
       Actually he mainly survived because he managed to not be born yet when the intrigues in this film take place. By the time he came around, Elizabeth had reigned a long time and though intrigues abounded then too, the ones of this film were long past.
       And intrigues there certainly are. This is the third time I’ve seen this film, I’ve read countless books on the subject and I’m still confused. The first three quarters of the film are actually rather boring in spite of all the lavishness but it pulls together to become strong in the end.
       The cast is top notch.  Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes are always a pleasure to see as are many of the others.  But it’s not really worth all of the Oscar nominations.

3* of 5


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