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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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