Elizabeth: A perfect replica of the Elizabethan Age

on Thursday, March 31, 2011


Elizabeth is a 1998 historical biopic film directed by Shekhar Kapur of Bandit Queen-fame. The film is a biopic of Queen Elizabeth on course of the accession and early years of her reign. The film won several awards including the Academy Awards in 1999 for Best Makeup. The film stars Australian actress Cate Blanchett playing the role of Queen Elizabeth I which got her nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Actress in 1999.

The film opens with a public execution of three ‘heretics’ who have been burnt on a pyre for denying the authority of the Catholic Church. But they are not the only one who has been dealt severely with. After the death of Henry VIII, there has been a bitter war between the two sects since the fervent Catholic daughter of the late Tudor king, Mary ( Kathy Burke) has ascended to the throne. Mary is childless and fears that her half Protestant sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) is hatching a conspiracy with some trusted advisors and parliamentarians to dethrone the Queen. Elizabeth is arrested for treason and is waiting for death, but destiny has something else in store for her. Mary succumbs to cancer and Elizabeth is proclaimed the reigning Queen of England.

But the path is never easy. Elizabeth not only has to counter external aggression from archrival France and Spain, but also from within the court. The nobles led by Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston) are secretly conspiring to dethrone the Majesty and is aided by several ambitious nobles and ambassadors. However, Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) a former exile returns to his motherland and not only helps the Queen suppress the revolt but also establishes her as the supreme ruling authority in England.

Talking about the film, the director has been successful in creating the ambience of the Tudor age in the best possible way. Everything right from the costumes, dialogues and the sets have been designed while keeping the England of 1554 in mind. Cate Blanchett has truly lived up to the expectations of the role which was expected by the audience.

Rating: ***

- Akshi Gupta

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