Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

In Theatres: 
Oct 12, 2007
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 54 Minutes

I watched this film with my wife and she said she could not empathize with a character that had everything and complained so much, that she only wanted to hang on to her control, that being the reason love had to be sacrificed. Others have agreed. This, I assume, is the programming we have endured in a society still controlled by a large majority of men. People, you have missed the big picture, the grand scheme of things.

When the madness of religion, propriety, politics, and tradition strangle the life out of humanity there is nothing left to wear as a public mask but complete and utter fabrication. This was the statement of Queen Elizabeth’s life in this chapter. To sacrifice the control of position for quite possibly a loveless marriage due to tradition and politics, in a day and age when men ruled the world, and did so haphazardly, it was a necessity for the love of country to not marry. If only our leaders today were as smart and devoted to their people.

The real tragedy of Elizabeth was the longing and suffering she did quietly. She complained too much? Obviously those people weren’t watching the same film. If Elizabeth failed to do one thing it was to complain. As a matter of fact her life was empty because of her devotion to tradition and propriety and politics. She lived through those closest to her so that she could keep her mind on her people and her country, never faltering, always persevering despite the fact that she infinitely denied her human side. That’s sacrifice.

The film, as far as entertainment goes, was excellent. I think the film made us laugh to prove a point, that the joke was on us. Again, propriety, religion, politics, and tradition were running rampant throughout and we still got a laugh out of the way Elizabeth handled the blatant disregard for her own person for the sake of tact. The joke was on us because we found it hilarious and asinine that someone would be so forward with rudeness and disregard yet this is the life Elizabeth lived on a constant. I also think it has a lot to do with the cultural differences and time between England and America.

Cate Blanchette proves once again that she is an extremely talented actress and Geoffery Rush as well handles his role with his usual professionalism. Clive Owen’s character really could have been played by any other big named actor. He always seems too unenthusiastic and his character portrayals never really leave a lasting impression. Abbie Cornish felt underused here. I loved her in Candy as a drug addled young woman in an unhealthy relationship. Samantha Morton as well seemed underused as a chess piece to keep the film progressing but for her part she handled it decently.

The small handful of people I have polled lead me to believe that this is either going to be a movie that you love or a movie that you hate. I personally thought it was a fantastic film that offered an extremely good look at different aspects of humanity in a different time and place. If your just going to salivate over the actors and the actresses then save your money and rent the DVD when it comes out. If your going to actually watch the film chances are you wont be disappointed. I highly suggest it and think it is the kind of film that can inspire discussion amongst people who really watch it and absorb what's going on in the film on a human level.

AJ Garcia
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