To say that this movie takes liberty with historical fact is a gross understatement. I like Blanchett as an actress, but this movie was so far from accurate as to fall in the category of fiction. About the only thing it got right was the names of key figures. One fact regarding Elizabeth and Dudley was glaring in its omission. If this movie renders anyone with a desire to read historical information on this much celebrated queen, excellent. Hers is a story worth learning. I have read a few books on Her Majesty, and much enjoyed Glenda Jackson's portrayal in the BBC mini series. That is why I checked this movie out, certainly withholding any expectation of quality and accuracy as presented by the BBC. I am so glad I saw this fairy tale before I actually paid money for it. It was a pretty film, but seeing how it was so far off the mark historically, I can't even say that the acting was exceptional. Oscar worthy? Perhaps if it had any basis in historical reality it may have been.
Elizabeth (1998) 1080p YIFY Movie
Elizabeth (1998) 1080p
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
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The Synopsis for Elizabeth (1998) 1080p
This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
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highly disappointingReviewed bysatuit59Vote: 7/10
Although I actually enjoyed the movie, I found the liberties taken with the history very frustrating. Especially since it was billed as an historical film!
The other problem I had with the film was the women's clothes. The costuming was atrocious! Most of the garments seemed to be based on popular fictionalized views of the 16th century. I mean, I even noticed someone wearing the Disney's Snow White dress all in blue! With so much information available on 16th century clothing there is no excuse.
I think the designer's claim that she wanted to do a "jeans & t-shirt" approach to the 16th century was a sign of laziness and silly (they had their own types of relaxed clothes - she didn't have to make it up).
When all is said and done, I did enjoy the film but, don't use it as a base for either history or costumes. In other words, enjoy the fairy tale but, don't use it for a refernce film.
Elizabeth, a film of historical dramatization, not historical fiction, appears to have been written, directed, and produced by people who have but poor knowledge and true comprehension for either their subject, Elizabeth I of England, or of the period, Renaissance Europe in the 16th Century. Even more grievous, in my view, is the makers' apparent assumption that their audience would know no better.
The film's conclusion that ER I devoted herself to the rule of England only after she had been betrayed by her lover, Essex, was both a disgusting stereotype of women (that they abandon sex and men after men behave as they will) and gross distortion through oversimplification of the immensely complex political, social, and religious on domestic and international levels that Elizabeth found herself thrust into.
In truth, ER was an adept student and observer of her father, Henry VIII, and, in that respect, a more than worthy successor to the transformation of the political map of Europe from the quasi-theocracy of the Middle Ages to secular government by sovereigns that understood that they had obligations to the land and people over whom they ruled. It is in this context that ER said "I am married to England." In so saying, she rejected the subjugation of England to either France or Spain that would have necessarily resulted from marriage to either the Duke of Anjou or the King Philipp of Spain. By rejecting an English consort, she kept herself out of the snake pit of scheming self-serving aristocrats that England had the misfortune to suffer under.
Yet, I have to believe that Elizabeth remained a vital woman. Her self-sacrifice to the land and people that were England were all the more remarkable because of the strength and vigor of her person. "Elizabeth" missed this point entirely and in so doing, dishonored one of the truly great people of world history and insulted and disserved movie audiences at the moment of embarking on a new millennium, when we need all of the insights and perspective that we can get.