Perhaps it's just Cate Blanchett's incredible acting, but Elizabeth was quite a peculiar funny queen. The supporting cast is full of scenestealers: from Daniel Craig attempt to play a priest James Bond, to Vincent Cassel's comic relief moments... even a young Lily Allen makes a cameo!
Instead of investing on the talents of Cate Blanchett, her acting integrity and capacity to empathize with the role, and digging even deeper into her personality as well as the social mores of the era, Kapur makes the easy and flawed decision to turn an admittedly, by mainstream standards, engaging biopic into a parade of various personae which essentially occlude characters as, for example, the dire 'actor' Cantona.
Yes. Yes. She became QEEN. Unexpected. Unforeseen. And everybody thought, she is a piece of cake. But, not a all. With her wisdom, her intelligence, her brain & her beauty, she managed it all. Cate Blanchett, what a drama queen, with all her senses and capabilities, she brought this to highest levels. Masterpiece.
Blanchett and Eccleston are charismatic, everything is pretty but it doesn't save this movie from being totally uninteresting. What was these parts with the grotesque, vulgar and perverse french ? It felt like watching a big farce. If it's not even trying to be historically accurate what is the point ?
Surprisingly, despite the year it was made, and the very 90s cinematic display, this seem so much better than its sequel (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), yet they are independently essential to each other. Cate Blanchett's portrayal of the younger queen seem to have truly captured how Elizabeth is like from the history books. Cate's presence you can say, is what drives this movie.