“Forgive me, Madam, but you are only a woman…”
The mid to late 90s was a very specific time in my movie watching history. In my teens, I was obliged to think Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino were gods. And anything that seemed like it was made for mainstream audiences or awards success, was probably cooky cutter, prestige bullshit. And when I was 17 or 18 years old, nothing looked more like cooky cutter, prestige bullshit than a period biopic about British aristocracy. Now that I’m a little older, a period biopic about British aristocracy seems nothing less than fascinating. Which is why I finally watched Elizabeth.
It’s the mid 16th century, and Henry VIII’s daughter Mary (Kathy Burke) is the catholic Queen of England. Worried that her protestant half sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) might have designs in the thrown, Mary has Elizabeth thrown in the clink. But it turns out that Mary’s biggest problem isn’t an ambitious sibling, it’s a cancerous tumour. So once that gets the better of her, Elizabeth gets to wear the crown anyway. (more…)