England, 1558. Young, passionate Elizabeth Tudor (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett) comes to the throne amidst bloody turmoil. Among her courtiers are the venerable Sir William Cecil (Acadamy Award winner Richard Attenborough) her lover the Earl of Leicester (Joseph fiennes), the imperious Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston), and her advisor Walsingham (Acadamy Award winner Geoffrey Rush). She must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown and her head.
This Acadamy Award winning portrayal tells the dramatic story of Elizabeth 1, from her days as an innocent young woman to her coronation and the formation of her reputation as England's formidable 'Virgin Queen'.
England, 1554. Under the rule of Queen Mary I, a zealous Catholic, England has been reduced to a country racked by financial and religious instability. Now close to death, Mary (Kathy Burke) steps up her policy of protestant repression. Even Princess Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett), her younger sister and heir apparent is in grave danger, but Marys last ditch attempt to execute her for treason fails. Within days, Mary is dead and Elizabeth is crowned Queen of England, but with enemies and rebellion continuing in her own council she is advised to hit back. She retaliates in a counter-coup of immense ferocity, wiping out all opposition to her leadership. Her throne is finally secure. When Elizabeth next appears in public, she has transformed herself into a legendary Virgin Queen, formidable, untouchable and unbeatable...
This is a fantastic movie and Cate Blanchett is amazing as Elizabeth in this period film. Of course, we already know what is going to happen to Elizabeth but that doesn't make this film any less captivating or interesting. Cate seems to embody the Queen and you can't seem to take your eyes off her. She really carries this film. Highly recommended and a great price on Fishpond.
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