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Review: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
By : Craig Brown
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Elizabeth: The Golden Age ranks as one of the more significant disappointments of the cinema year. Lush to look at, with a central performance from Cate Blanchett that is imperial and soaring, the film fails to engage because of three little words: script, script, script. Indeed, as a sequel to 1998's Elizabeth, original director Shekhar Kapur had a lot to live up to. Whilst managing to put together a first rate cast, he gives them nothing to do of note, other then look impressive in the costume of the day. Blanchett is convincing (she may well get another Oscar nomination out of this) but her character doesn't seem to have grown or grow (let alone age the quarter of a century since when the last film was set). The royal ranting and imperiousness is authentically there but, ultimately, there is little emotional connection.

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