Critics are removing a bit of the sheen from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett in the title role, or as Manohla Dargis remarks in the New York Times, "as David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust period." Dargis writes that the movie is "reductive, distorted and deliriously far-fetched, but the gowns are fabulous." Likewise, Joe Morgenstern comments in the Wall Street Journal, "When you see Cate Blanchett in one fantastical gown after another, you understand why Elizabeth's reign was golden." But that may be one of the problems of the film, Roger Ebert observes in the Chicago Sun-Times. The movie, he writes, "is weighed down by its splendor. There are scenes where the costumes are so sumptuous, the sets so vast, the music so insistent, that we lose sight of the humans behind the dazzle of the production." Still, Blanchett receives a polite round of applause from critics for her performance. As Carrie Rickey writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Blanchett commands the screen as she commands the royal navy. Her unforced majesty makes a so-so film worth watching."




12/10/2007