Director: Shekhar Kapur
Writer: Michael Hirst, William Nicholson
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Jordi Molla, Samantha Morton, Eddie Redmayne
Reviews: Internet Movie Database
Synopsis: A continuation of the story of Queen Elizabeth by the same director/writer combination that brought us Elizabeth. This sequel also features Cate Blanchett in the staring role as a much more mature and powerful monarch who has ruled her country ably for nearly 30 years and is better equipped to deal with the threats aimed at her kingdom.
The action centers around the historical invasion by the Spanish Armada paired with the plotting of the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. England seems ill-equipped to deal with the threat but, with the intrepid Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) and the crafty Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), the Spanish Armada and Queen Mary's plots are defeated - opening the door for England to bloom into the mighty empire that it became over the next three centuries. Elements of the queen's frailty and longing for romance are explored as well with the suppressed flirtation between Elizabeth and Raleigh. Lavish costumes and sets, along with a bold musical score, deliver the events of the film in a frame of epic proportions.