Friday, April 08, 2011

Movie of the Week: 1998 Elizabeth

1998 Elizabeth that stars Cate Blanchett is such a remarkable story told in a very beautiful way. This is not a documentary, but an entertaining introduction to Queen Elizabeth I reign of England. What I like most is that it's about a woman that is pretty much thrown to the wolves and comes out a lion. They selected the best actor in Cate Blanchett to portray the innocence and the naivete in the beginning of the film to transform into a strong confident woman at the end.The role won her the Best Actress Golden Globe award.
Not only is the acting remarkable with Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes and the rest of the supporting cast. There is beauty to be found in the scenery and colors. How do they find locations that are still a pristine countryside is a wonder to me. Make-up and hair was stunning and really brought together the sense of period. The costumes are gorgeous pieces of art that look like they were painstakingly made and loved.
In 2007 there was a sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age that was just as wonderfully spectacular as the first film. If you have the time to sit down and watch, this film is one of my favorites that is set in this time period. 

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