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Monday, January 28, 2013

Elizabeth (1998)

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cast: Cate Blanchett

ELIZABETH is the life story of England’s renowned 'Virgin Queen' and a well crafted out piece of English history. Set in 1500s, it entails how a Protestant queen ascended the throne of England, stood up against the patriarchy of Rome/society, fought off various Spanish, French assassination attempts and successfully ruled the empire for 40 odd years through its golden age.

More than the storyline it is the strong performance--especially of Blanchett's, steady direction and the overall feel/texture of the film that makes it an immaculate work of art. Nearing the climax, there is a top notch, bewitching scene of Elizabeth’s transformation that literally gives you goosebumps.

For history buffs, as per Wikipedia, makers do take some freedom in its onscreen conception but core substance remains intact.

Due to Shekhar Kapur connection, it did make a lot of ripples in India at time of release. Had missed it then, but still remains a good watch.

A sequel did come out recently (yet to watch), but for bit of a back story 'The Other Boleyn Girl' would be a good follow up film--for digging deep, Elizabeth’s Mother Anne Boleyn is the connect. This film received mixed review, but I loved it. Of course, it featured Natalie Portman! Here's my review of  The Other Boleyn Girl too.


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