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So much more than just history

October 16, 2007|By DARCY SHULL / Pulse Correspondent

Movie review: "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"

The film "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" weaves a tale of treachery and deceit as it tells of the early reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

While trying to defend her country from a holy war that Spain has launched upon it, she is distracted and nearly driven to madness by the betrayals of family and friends. However, as she deals with these disturbances, she searches desperately for peace. She finds solace in adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh. She wants a close relationship with him, but because she feels being married will restrict her power and her freedom, Raleigh is off-limits to her. As Spain draws nearer to attacking, Elizabeth faces a tough decision: Can she stand by the country to which she has given her soul?

The film is gripping, keeping me on the edge of my seat basically the entire time. This in itself was a feat, because I usually don't care for historical fiction. But by the end of the movie, I was wishing that the movie had been longer.

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The costumes and sets are amazing, but the thing that really got my attention was the actors' hairstyles, especially those of the female characters. They are so intricate and incredibly captivating. Cate Blanchett does a fabulous job of portraying Elizabeth. Other actors are also completely believable, like Geoffrey Rush, who plays Sir Francis Walsingham, an adviser to the queen.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes historical fiction or a story about the conflict between duty and personal desire.

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