#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Two faiths, two empires, two rulers – colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth’s cousin Mary Stuart, who’s under house arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her passionate majesty?
Plot: When Queen Elizabeth’s reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain’s invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard the lives of her people.
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A Huge Opportunity for Greatness is Missed
With a dream cast, a fascinating subject, and a budget larger than a pirate’s booty, this film could have been great. But the chance is missed.
(Pros:) The cast is definitely the film’s biggest asset. Cate Blanchett is incredibly brilliant even at times that the script fails to provide her with a worthy line. Her powerful performance is utterly captivating. Clive Owen’s Walter Raleigh is as dashing as a man can be. As the man who charmed the Queen out of her heart and wits and dared to tell her not to act like a fool, Owen’s Raleigh is daring at times, vulnerable at others, but always compelling and spectacular. Geoffrey Rush makes the best out of the very little that he’s given to work with and Abbie Cornish and Samantha Morton are each great in their parts.
It’s also worth a mention that the costumes and the locations are spectacular, paired with a few moments of good story-telling (only if those moments would last all through the film) they make a few absolutely extraordinary scenes. Another great characteristic of this film is it’s subtlety, the emotions that are there yet not talked about, the wishes, feelings, disappointments, desires, and fears that are only hinted are the best parts of an otherwise disappointing story-telling.
(Cons:) Sloppy editing, campy scenes, and poor writing are what mostly hurts the film. Unfortunately the film’s precious time is spent on side-stories that could have easily been discarded, and consequentially, not enough time is spent on the development of the main story. Everything that happens after Sir Walter meets Elizabeth seems forced. Vague at times, the film seems to be in rush to hit certain notes at certain times. Elizabeth meets Walter and a few lines later she’s mad about him, so is Bess and so on. The audience is not given the chance to feel or take in what’s really happening, not even enough time to get to know the characters let alone feel what they are going through. At times, it seemed as though many of the scenes were cut short in the editing room and had lost their essence in the process. (If that’s the case, lets hope the DVD includes the director’s cut.)
The film could have benefited from more climax and action (the battle is barely touched), (other than a few great scenes) most of the story is told through conversations in closed areas. More than anything, the writers leaned on poetic lines to deliver their story. Also, for all it’s subtlety, the film takes sides so obviously that it hurts any chances it had at reaching some level of realism or fairness. For instance, not only Phillip of Spain is utterly evil, he’s one ridiculous, petty, dim character.
Overall, the cast certainly makes the experience worthwhile, and as long as one does not expect absolute greatness or historical accuracy, this film can be great entertainment for most.
Cate Blanchett shines in biographical drama; some fiction added to the events
Cate Blanchett reprises her role as the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, and is the film’s greatest highlight. She exudes power, strength and influence in portraying the 16th century monarch. Her commanding presence on the screen really gives the majestic qualities that the real queen certainly had. At the same time, she gives us a personal glance inside the woman’s heart, where she has suppressed from public view an inner vulnerability and melancholy. Elizabeth certainly endured many sorrows, and this portrayal gives us a glance inside the woman’s who carried all this upon her shoulders, and is credited with raising England to prominent status on the world stage.
In addition to Blanchett, the supporting cast all turn in superior work. The sets, costuming, and period speech are all mastered well, creating a true feel for the era being depicted. Although many of the people and events are real, a few liberties have been taken apparently to spice up the drama. Such fictionalizing probably wasn’t necessary; enough happened during this queen’s rule to make the story interesting without it. One example: the flashy Sir Walter Raleigh was indeed a favorite of the queen, but this movie puts them in a romantic triangle that just gets in the way of other things going on. Also, Raleigh, better known as an explorer, was not the hero in the battle with the Spanish Armada.
Blanchett shines when she delivers the famous speech to the troops on the eve of the Spanish invasion. But even she is burdened by the director’s preoccupation with Elizabeth as a suffering angst-filled woman facing middle-age with less bravery than facing the world’s most powerful fleet at that time. We get endless views of her taking her wig off in secret, and staring at a mirror. The first time this device is used is fine to get the point across of her hopeless situation of never taking a husband (and the slow advance of time having its way), but we see her looking like a shriveled ghost in too many such scenes, and it’s way overdone in this context. Her “real” hair sans the wig looks like an inebriated Edward Scissorhands was her hairdresser, and her pale complexion looks like somebody pasted white-out all over her face.
Those few mistakes notwithstanding, this is a fine biopic with superior acting by Blanchett, and is recommended.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History, War
Director Shekhar Kapur
Writer William Nicholson, Michael Hirst
Actors Jordi Mollà, Aimee King, Cate Blanchett, Laurence Fox
Country UK, France, Germany, USA
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 33 nominations.
Production Company Studio Canal, Working Title Films
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 235, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 435, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, London, UK
Film Length 3,148 m (Sweden), 3,168 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 50D 5201, Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema