The final battle was a bit anti-climatic with all those fake boats and Clive Owen just running and swimming around, it seems the director just wanted to get it out of the way so that film could end. However, the cinematography is exquisite and Blanchett really sunk her teeth into the character, leaving behind the ingenue Queen of the first film. Samantha Morton in that decapitation scene was pretty memorable too.
After the luxurious 'Elizabeth' from 1998, Shekhar Kapur failed to live up to the title 'Golden Age' - or at least in the first hour and a half - since it takes too long to really appreciate the exuberance in cinematography of Elizabeth's reign.
What a scary age it must have been for a woman to rule her country. Cate Blanchett who reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth from the 1998 version, “The Golden Age” is loosely based on Elizabeth's life during Spain's occupation to England. There's a lot of theatrics when the shots are on the queen, but the war scenes are disappointing. Nevertheless, I have to give it to Cate Blanchett for at least saving this film.
Much, much better than the original. The Golden Age is much more clear about what it wants, and therefore elicits better performances from its typically stacked cast. Blanchett and Morton, especially, as cousin-enemies, are Oscar material. Unfortunately, this one was under-appreciated and only Blanchett got the nomination.
Not as great as the first film; very dull and pointless when compared to Shekhar Kapur's first film, Elizabeth.
Also, the war scene was so short and not even close to historically accurate!
I love Queen Elizabeth and the acting was marvelous, however the script was horrible!