Kind of tedious if not for Cate Blanchett. Who knew the Elizabethan era could feel so 90's. If only it ended with a song and dance with the buzz-cut Queen Lizzie singing "Like a Virgin" while applying her pasty white make-up and frizzy orange weave.
Undeserving of most if the accolades it got, Elizabeth is a totally unrealistic historical film, but a damned entertaining one. Cate Blanchett does wonders with an essentially one-note character that director Shekhar Kapur tries to ignite life in, and future Doctor Christopher Eccleston is as good a villain as you get in a film like this.
Got about 20 minutes into this farrago before I tore the DVD out of the machine and threw it to the floor in a rage! GARBAGE!! This is in NO WAY historical!!! People just did NOT think and act that way then! Even Cate couldn't keep me. But then.... As Richmondhill says below: "Great fun if taken as full blooded tosh." Should I get over it and set aside historical reality and give this picture another try?