Christy ordered it on PPV and I stuck around to watch most of it. I wonder how accurate the movie was. I really don't know very much about that time period.
The portrayal of British politics reaffirms my dislike for their system. Even today, it's still too heaped in pointless, time-wasting tradition. Too much dancing around the truth and equivocation. Pretending to ignore open secrets. Lots of back-stabbing and maneuvering. I was constantly annoyed.
Of course, that's all part of the story, and I think generally accurate. Still, it turned me off and hurt my attention to the story. What I'm not sure about is the love affair that's the center of the story.
I missed about 10 minutes of the beginning, which I think caused me some trouble. I was never clear on the allegiance and position of the guy who seemed to be protecting Elizabeth. There were several other characters whose motives were a mystery. Apparently they were members of powerful families and sometimes advisors to the queen. They gave bad advice that led her to send unprepared troops into a battle.
They made fun of the French suitor. They mentioned the Spanish king (who, I remember from history class, Elizabeth led on for over ten years.) They showed some back-stabbing and a coup attempt.
As you can probably tell from this review, I saw it as a hodge podge of barely connected pieces. I really couldn't follow the flow of the story. It was very unclear how much time was passing between some of the scenes. I don't understand how this movie could win the Oscar.
A hard-core chick-flick in an annoying setting. On my brother's Total Movie Value Scale, Commercial with Dinner.
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