Run time: 124 mins
In Theaters: Friday 19th February 1999
Box Office Worldwide: $82.1M
Distributed by: Gramercy
Production compaines: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films, Channel Four Films
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 48 Rotten: 11
IMDB: 7.5 / 10
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Screenwriter: Michael Hirst
Starring: Cate Blanchett as Elisabeth I, Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham, Christopher Eccleston as Duke of Norfolk, Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, Richard Attenborough as Sir William Cecil, Fanny Ardant as Mary of Guise, Eric Cantona as Monsieur de Foix, Vincent Cassel as Duc d'Anjou, Kathy Burke as Queen Mary, Edward Hardwicke as Earl of Arundel, Emily Mortimer as Kat Ashley, John Gielgud as The Pope, James Frain as Alvaro de la Quadra, Kelly Macdonald as Isabel Knollys, Kenny Doughty as Sir Thomas Elyot, Daniel Craig as John Ballard, Alfie Allen as Arundel's Son
450 years ago, no one would've thought a thing about a little intern boinking. Today, that's obviously big news, and it should have made the sexual, political, and religious escapades of Elizabeth all the more thrilling.
Too bad it doesn't. The tumultuous tale of young Elizabeth I's (Cate Blanchett) rise to power in the mid-1500s, we are treated to a two hour trip through her battles with the French, a number of suitors, the Pope, the Spanish, underhanded lords, and other nefarious types.
The problem is this all comes off as too cliquish, with Britons the obvious wink-wink insiders in all of this, as is typically the case with movies about roylaty. Despite a rash of good performances, lush camerawork, and great costumes, Elizabeth is just too stand-offish to really get into.
Lizzy gets jiggy.