Elizabeth (1998) Critique

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Elizabeth (1998)
The movie, “Elizabeth,” is a biographical film of Queen Elizabeth I of England produced by Tim Bevan, Alison Owen, and Eric Fellner released in year of 1998. The film was directed by Shekhar Kapur starring Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth, Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham, and Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley. This movie is the first of the series of Elizabeth with a following sequel, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” that was released in 2007. The colorized film of “Elizabeth” focuses on the enthronement of the queen during a time of political unrest and how she eventually becomes the ‘Virgin Queen’ of England. The movie starts with a scene that represents the years of England ruled by ‘Bloody Mary,’ the half sister of Elizabeth. Mary soon dies of her tumor, but England is in great political, economical, and religious threat due to the conflict between Catholics and Protestants. Elizabeth, who is religious tolerant, wishes for Protestants and Catholics to live harmoniously and to create a unified Church of England. The reality of a weak England, politically and economically, places pressure on Elizabeth to form an alliance with another country, either with the Duke of France or the King of Spain. However, Elizabeth does not want to get married with any of the two, as her heart remains with Lord Roberts. Throughout the movie, Elizabeth struggles in fighting the pressure of marriage, restoring a weak England, and gaining confidence from her people despite her reputation as the heretic and illegitimate product of the King and his mistress.

Though the movie is based on the life story of Queen Elizabeth, it is still historically inaccurate. The physical depictions of Queen Elizabeth are accurate, as they were based off of real historical paintings such as the portrait, “The Coronation of Elizabeth.” The people reflected in the movie of that time period are real, but their roles in that time period are off. Some of the...
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