Did anyone else see the Elizabeth I thingy on BBC One and want to retch?
Jesus H. Christ!
I only really watched it because Jeremy Irons = Eye Candy. I tend to find any interpretation of Elizabeth lacking. Film-makers and directors seem to think of her as a femenist pin-up, and therefore will invariably surround her with incompotent old codgers for her to shout at. This production was no exception.
The good points were that the set and costume. But it's always painfull when they're the only good points because it makes that in which it was lacking stand out. The extras were like something of Monty Python. The army at Tilbury staring, awe-struck, into a fog maschine, was frankly the stupidest attempt at evoking some sort of patriotic emotion I've ever seen.
The script was like an amateur adaptation of a Jane Austen with some soap-style dramatics thrown in for good measure and effect. And the delivery? Don't get me started... The way that the speech at Tilbury was done made me want to cry at a sheer sense of betrayal.
They were obviously trying to make a point with Liz not having had slept with Dudley, something about being different and having a better underdstanding of Elizabeth. I agree that she probably never slapt with him, but if you're going to do that, what's the point when you have them snogging every time they're alone together? He seemed to be constantly lurking in her bed-chamber. It was ridiculous.
She met up with Mary. What. The. Fuck? That never, repeat, NEVER happened. And I don't incline to the, "Oh, it's not written in any records and so it probably never happened" way of thinking. Firstly, the prisons that Mary was kept in were so remote Elizabeth couldn't have gotten to one without being noticed. Secondly, Elizabeth didn't want to see Mary. She had her prisoner for 19 years, and if she wanted to speak to her, she would have done. Elizabeth the First and Mary Queen of Scots NEVER MET. I don't know what they were trying to prove.
The characterisation was by far the most iritating I've come across. And I thought Cate Blancett could be irritating at times. Since femenism, some people always want to judge her by a modern light. To me, this shows a really dispicable disrespect for the past. Apparantly, this director was only impressed by the architecture and costume of the past, and so his ideal protagonist was someone he could treat as modern. She was always crying and being all pasionate. This irritates the hell out of me. It's because women are always behaving like this that we ended up as second-class citizens in the first place. You wouldn't want some highly-strung, compasionate, indicisive bimbo commanding an army, would you? Men saw woman as inferior because they were always giving in to their emotions. They wouldn't have taken Elizabeth seriously if she acted the way Hellen Mirren did. Elizabeth was the ultimate politician, and all politicians know that it's all about acting. If that means being an iron-hearted bitch at times, or making the best use of feminine charms, so be it. But it probably isn't going to mean having a hissy fit and burting into tears in front of your privy council.