Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Abbie Cornish, Samantha Morton
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Cate Blanchett can do anything, even play Bob Dylan, but she can't save this creaky sequel to her -making 1998 biopic of Elizabeth I. Fie on director Shekhar Kapur's visual and aural bombast and the script's soap-opera heart. Though the sixteenth-century queen is facing her greatest challenge — from an armada attack by King Philip of Spain (Jordi Molla's performance comes direct from the Ministry of Funny Walks) — she mostly moons over Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen), who'd rather unbuckle his swash for lady-in-waiting Abbie Cornish. Ugh.