Cate Blanchett is yet again, divine, reprising her role as Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen. She portrayed the monarch with the fierce strength we've heard of her in our world history classes as well as this woman whose pleasures and freedoms were always at a feather's touch away. I have admiration and sympathy for the woman who was infamously Elizabeth I.
Geoffrey Rush....oye, what a great actor. A man who always pulls interest to him, no matter the role. His voice commands attention even in a whisper. Emmaline made note of his voice also. I enjoy watching him. He acts with genuine emotion and talent. I loved him as the strange writer who by far, the best in the film, The Banger Sisters. As Walsingham, he is yet again superb.
Clive Owen. Juicy, of course. Sorry, Mr. Owen. I am a woman who can appreciate who superbly beautiful you are. Forgive me of my shallowness. Other than being gorgeous as the pirate knighted by a queen, Sir Walter Raleigh, Owen helps us have sympathy for Elizabeth. There was some stiffness in scenes, which I don't know if it was intended by him. Moments in the film that the eye contact between him and Blanchett as well as his body language garnered a love for the queen. At other times, I felt uncomfortable with him and even more sympathetic for Elizabeth. Again, intentional for effect or just awkward acting?
One other actor, I watched whilst he was onscreen. I probably wouldn't have even brought this guy up if it weren't for a quirky little film I recently watched, Danny Deckchair. Rhy Ifans. He played Robert Reston. He was really only an incidental in the film, but I watched.
Films like this one make me more and more curious about figures and events in history. I've always loved delving into history when in school; and I'm thrilled when a film piques my interest to investigate and learn more. Chacracters like Blanchett's Elizabeth are perfect for the silver screen. Bigger than life and captivating from start to close.