Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Movie Review - Elizabeth: The Golden Age

I loved it! This movie is a great piece on a very rough patch of history. The Spanish Inquisition was in full effect and only England was standing against it. This builds up to the battle at sea when Spain sends the - at the time - greatest naval force against England.

The thing about this movie is that while I am sure there are a few liberties that are taken with history, you get a good picture of the turmoil and also the key players without being overly confused.

It is a powerful look at an amazing leader. It shows her weak and scared side, as well as her ability to motivate and inspire people to great things.

Also this is a great movie for quotes. Some of my favorites are:

Sir Walter Raleigh - We mortals have many weaknesses; we feel too much, hurt too much or too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love.

Queen Elizabeth, speaking to the Spanish Minister - Go back to your rathole! Tell Philip I fear neither him, nor his priests, nor his armies. Tell him if he wants to shake his little fist at us, we're ready to give him such a bite he'll wish he'd kept his hands in his pockets!
Spanish Minister - You see a leaf fall, and you think you know which way the wind blows. Well, there is a wind coming, Madame, that will sweep away your pride.
Queen Elizabeth - I, too, can command the wind, sir! I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare when you dare to try me!

An adviser - When the storm breaks, each man acts in accordance with his own nature. Some are dumb with terror. Some flee. Some hide. And some spread their wings like eagles and soar on the wind.

Before you see this movie though, you really should watch Elizabeth. Which was a great movie as well.

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